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High-speed chase through South Okanagan lands Kamloops man in jail

By Contributor
August 26th, 2013

The 21-year-old male currently of Kamloops is in custody facing numerous Criminal Code and Traffic related offences following a poiice chase Thursday (August 22) through the South Okananga.

The man remains in custody in Oliver on a slew of proposed charges and outstanding warrants from Manitoba.

The evening unfolded Thursday at approximately 11:10 p.m. when a uniformed member of the Summerland RCMP Detachment attempted to stop a red Ford SUV which was traveling South on Highway 97 toward Penticton.

The driver and lone occupant of the vehicle was driving at an excessive rate of speed and in consideration of the safety of both the police officer and the travelling public the vehicle was not pursued.

The Summerland RCMP alerted the Penticton Detachment officers to the south, making them aware of the situation.

Shortly after receiving the information, an on duty RCMP Police Dog Service (PDS) member patrolling north of Penticton observed the suspect vehicle still traveling south at a high rate of speed. Penticton RCMP General Duty and Plain Clothes officers were advised of the direction of travel and the excessive speed.

A Penticton Detachment officer driving a marked police vehicle attempted to pull the vehicle over on Hwy 97 Penticton Channel Parkway, at which time the driver did not stop and sped away at an even higher rate of speed. Again, consistent with current pursuit practices and based on a concern for public safety, the attempt to stop the individual was discontinued.

The Oliver and Osoyoos RCMP to the South were provided details of the unfolding incident at which time they positioned an officer north of Oliver on Highway 97.

Shortly before midnight, the Oliver RCMP member observed the suspect vehicle travelling southbound toward Oliver on Highway 97 and verified the man’s speed via radar to be in excess of 140 kph in the indicated 80 and 90 kph zone.

A second Oliver RCMP officer also in a marked police car with emergency lights engaged, attempted to stop the vehicle only to have the suspect pull a U-turn and collide with the police car almost head on.

This officer sustained minor injuries as a result. The uninjured suspect failed to stop and carried on driving northbound towards an awaiting police car, at which time he initiated a second U-turn and again headed southbound at speeds in excess of 140.

Given the high rate of speed and the driving behavior the officers stopped their attempts to pull the vehicle over, eventually losing visual contact with the suspect vehicle. Officers from the Oliver and Osoyoos Detachments supported by plain clothes and PDS members from the Penticton Detachment then combed the Oliver area looking for the vehicle.

It was a keen sense of observation and good instinct that paid off, when plainclothes Penticton officers observed a nervous male filling up a gas can at the Oliver 7-11 gas station,” said Sgt Ken Harrington Oliver RCMP Area Commander.

Acting on the odds of probability and police intuition, investigators covertly observed and followed the male who walked away from the pumps and led them back to the suspect vehicle. Apparently a sustained speed of 140+ had quickly emptied the fuel tank of the suspect’s Red 2001 Ford Explorer.

The man has several outstanding warrants for his arrest in Manitoba, where crown prosecutors have agreed to extend jurisdiction on eight (8) outstanding warrants. Outstanding Manitoba Warrants include Assault Police Officer, Resist Arrest and Fail to Appear.

He remains in police custody and it is anticipated to appear in Penticton Provincial Court Monday August 26, 2013.


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