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RCMP officer suffers non-life threatening injuries during vehicle search

By Contributor
August 11th, 2014

A police officer suffered non-life threatening injuries when he was involved in a crash during an active search for a vehicle theft suspect on (Tuesday) August 5.

At approximately 3:50 p.m, the Kelowna RCMP responded to a theft of a vehicle that had just been stolen from a residence on the 800 block of Pettigrew Street.

The Dodge pickup apparently impacted a house along the street before being abandoned at Bay Avenue. Police found the vehicle with ignition damage and a “club” still locked to the steering wheel. A second Dodge pickup parked on Bay Avenue was also reported to have ignition damage and the suspect description matched.

Police established a perimeter and began patrolling the area in search of the male suspect.

Plainclothes officers located a man matching the suspect description and investigators quickly converged on the area. Unfortunately, one officer was involved in a motor vehicle crash before he could get there.

The RCMP member was travelling northbound on Ethel Street in a fully marked police SUV and is believed to have failed to stop for a stop sign when a westbound Ford F250 impacted the passenger’s side at Crowley Avenue.

The officer suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital. The other driver appeared unhurt but was taken to hospital as a precaution.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

The man originally thought to be the suspect was determined to be unrelated as police soon received a report of the suspect attempting to steal a fork lift at Sun Rype, located at 1165 Ethel Street.

Police located the suspect on foot a short distance away. The 35-year-old Kelowna man remains in custody and faces a number of potential Theft-related charges.

Police continue to investigate the possibility that a number of other incidents in the area are related.

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