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theBreakerVision: Gridlock on the highway and drama beneath in North Vancouver


Bob Mackin

Militarized RCMP officer from the emergency response team and a B.C. Ambulance Service paramedic on the Edgemont overpass on May 29 (Mackin)

Gridlock on the Upper Levels Highway in North Vancouver on May 29.

Drama beneath. 

North Vancouver RCMP officers were called to the Mosquito Creek Trail around 9:30 a.m. An RCMP source tells that a man was exposing himself on the trail, which is under the parallel bridges for the Upper Levels. 

The source said that when police arrived, the man fled to a high area under the two bridges. 

Emergency response team officers cross the Upper Levels Highway’s Mosquito Creek bridges on May 29 (Mackin)

The Upper Levels, part of the Trans-Canada Highway system, was closed both ways between Capilano and Delbrook for 90 minutes while more than a dozen police vehicles parked on the side of the highway and the Edgemont overpass. 

A news release from the North Vancouver RCMP said the man had makeshift weapons, became aggressive to officers and threatened harm. 

RCMP sent their integrated emergency response team and a psychologist to the scene. 

Throughout the incident, the man was yelling, but his words could not be understood from the Edgemont overpass. 

Around 1:03 p.m., a loud explosion came from under the bridges. Followed by a series of firings of projectiles.

Memorial plaque to Ryan Morales De La Costa and Douglas Lenard Glenn under the Mosquito Creek bridge (Mackin)

The man was arrested after 1:30 p.m., taken out of the trail near the William Griffin Park and Delbrook community centre and transported to Lions Gate Hospital by B.C. Ambulance Service paramedics. He was apprehended under the Mental Health Act.

The site of the incident is marked by a plaque in memory of Ryan Morales De La Costa and Douglas Lenard Glenn, two young men who died in 2002 and 2003, respectively, after falling through the gap between the bridges. 


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