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Pepper spray used in a Burnaby bus – one person in hospital

At least one person was sent to hospital Saturday night
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This bus was the scene of a police incident on Hastings Street near Gilmore.

*This story has been updated

At least one person was sent to hospital after an incident involving pepper spray and a TransLink bus Saturday night.

Just before 9:30 pm Saturday night, police received a complaint of a man following a woman near the 4400-block of Hastings Street.

The man had been asking “uncomfortable questions” of the woman while on transit, according to Burnaby RCMP.

When the woman exited the bus, the man continued to follow her on foot, making unwanted advances. The man was reported to be possibly intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, say police.

“Police attended and attempted to apprehend the man but he ran to a nearby bus,” said a news release. “He was located on the bus and tried to evade apprehension by fighting police. OC spray (pepper spray) was deployed during the apprehension. The suspect and officers were treated for OC contamination.”

The man was brought to hospital where he was certified under the Mental Health Act by a physician.

The investigation is ongoing with possible charges of Harassment and Obstruction.