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Two men charged following wild ride across Prince George

Mark Stephen Barg and Kirk Arthur Clark remain in custody
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One of two RCMP cruisers that were rammed during a chase on Wednesday morning.

Charges have been approved against two men following Wednesday morning's wild ride in the Hart.

Mark Stephen Barg faces one count each of assault with a weapon, possessing stolen property over $5,000 and fleeing police while Kirk Arthur Clark has been charged with possessing stolen property over $5,000 and fleeing police.

Both remained in custody as of Thursday morning.

A pair of Prince George RCMP cruisers were rammed, two spike belts were used and a service pistol was fired by an officer during a bid by the two men to evade police. 

Barg and Clark were later arrested when a stolen pickup truck they were allegedly occupying was found in an alleyway off Fifth and Burden in the Bowl.

Both are known to police.

Clark, in particular, has a past. In December 2012, Clark was sentenced to two years less a day and two years probation for an assault and robbery at a Salmon Valley home. 

Twin brother Joel Milton Clark was sentenced to one day in jail and one year probation for assault with a weapon.

The sentences stemmed from a July 2012 incident in which the then-26-year-olds allegedly attempted to steal a metal gate from the driveway of a Wright Creek Road home using a skid steer tractor.

One of the residents was struck in the head with an object and he and another man were chased by one of the suspects wielding an axe, police said at the time.

The Clarks then fled the scene in a black pickup truck with a flat deck trailer, but Kirk Clark was arrested the next day without incident when he was seen driving near Austin Road and Highway 97 in the Hart. Joel Clark was located and arrested a week later.

Barg has a lengthy criminal record for offences committed in Prince George and Terrace, according to court records. 

Most recently, Barg was sentenced in November 2019 to 354 days in jail for possession for the purpose of trafficking.