Woman allegedly assaulted staff, took son, fled from police

Arrested for abducting son

A 42-year-old North Saanich woman is in custody after allegedly assaulting a staff member at Deep Cove Elementary School and abducting her nine-year-old son Friday morning.

The school was placed in lockdown as a result.

Sidney/North Saanich RCMP responded and located the woman’s vehicle headed south on the Patricia Bay Highway. The vehicle accelerated and wouldn’t stop when police activated their lights and sirens.

After a short pursuit, the woman drove into a police vehicle and was stopped before reaching Mount Newton Cross Road.

She was arrested. Her son and a female family member who was also in the vehicle were examined by paramedics and found to be unharmed.

Two officers were injured during the incident, one while responding to the initial 911 call and one when his vehicle was struck by the fleeing vehicle.

“Family disputes are emotional and have the unfortunate potential to end tragically,” said Sidney/North Saanich RCMP Sgt. Colin Cook. “We are thankful that with the assistance of the staff at Deep Cove Elementary and our partners at the Central Saanich police that this was not the case today.”

Charges of abduction, assault, failure to stop for police and dangerous driving are being recommended.

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