Driver of stolen vehicle facing numerous charges

Vernon/North Okanagan

2017-11-29 14:46 PST

File # 2017-27754

On Monday November 27th, 2017, shortly after 11:00 am, Nakusp RCMP advised the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP that a male driving a stolen Honda Civic failed to stop for police and had just boarded the Needles Ferry, heading towards Lumby. As the vehicle off loaded the ferry, it continued west bound on Highway 6 and was spotted by an officer in Lumby, and observed to be travelling at high rates of speed and failing to stop at intersections. Police did not actively pursue the vehicle, however set up points along Highway 6 in an effort to disable the vehicle using a spike belt. Prior to the vehicle passing the spike belt locations, it veered off onto Kal Lake Road, where it continued to travel at high rates of speed.

Given the risk to public safety as a result of the dangerous driving, the RCMP Air Services unit and a Police Dog Service unit was deployed. Air Services quickly located the suspect vehicle travelling west bound on Westkal Rd, where it came to an abrupt stop at a dead end. The male suspect fled on foot, and was observed hoping a fence into the back yard of a residence. The RCMP Police Service Dog team attended the location and found the suspect hiding under a pile of kayaks. The suspect was taken into police custody and transported to the Vernon General Hospital with minor injuries.

The apprehension of this driver, who posed an extreme risk to the community, would not have been possible without the quick actions of both detachments and all units who assisted. says RCMP spokesperson Cst. BRETT. It is the top priority of the RCMP and its officers to safely apprehend dangerous drivers in their efforts to keep the public safe.

The driver of the Honda Civic, a 47 year old Kelowna man, is facing multiple charges including; Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Flight from Police, Possession of Stolen Property and Driving while prohibited. The male is scheduled to appear in court on today’s date.
 

Released by:

Cst. Kelly Brett

Released by

Cst. Kelly Brett

Media Relations Officer
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP
3402-30th Street, Vernon BC V1T 5E5
Office: 250-260-7161
Fax: 250-260-761-7191

Email: kelly.brett@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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