A water taxi at Victoria’s Fisherman’s Wharf. (Black Press Media file photo)

A water taxi at Victoria’s Fisherman’s Wharf. (Black Press Media file photo)

Man arrested after stolen water taxi raced up Victoria’s Gorge Waterway

Man is facing recommended charges of theft over $5,000 after leading police on marine chase

One man is in custody and facing charges following a late-night marine pursuit up Victoria’s Gorge involving a stolen water taxi.

Victoria police officers were called to waters off the 400-block of Swift Street at approximately 3 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 19) for a report that a man had stolen a Harbour Ferry water taxi and was taking it up the Gorge Waterway.

As officers appeared at the scene, the water taxi changed directions, fleeing toward the Inner Harbour. With the help of the ferry maintenance supervisor, officers boarded their own boat and took off on a marine pursuit. After catching up with the water taxi thief, officers spoke with the man and were able to convince him to surrender.

Officers towed the stolen taxi to a dock in the 900-block of Wharf Street where they arrested the suspect. He was transported to cells and faces recommended charges of theft over $5,000.

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