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Man in custody following high speed chase near Creston — RCMP

Lone Sheep Publishing
By Lone Sheep Publishing
July 3rd, 2024

RCMP said that a 37-year-old man remains in custody following a high speed chase west along Highway 3 toward Kootenay Pass Tuesday.

RCMP said that on July 2, 2024, officers from Creston identified a man believed to be responsible for several recent property crimes, and who was also wanted on an outstanding warrant.

However, after locating the suspect in a truck, the man failed to stop for police continued at a high speed on Highway 3 toward Kootenay Pass.

Neighbouring detachments flooded the area, with roadblocks set up in various locations.

RCMP said that given the individual being sought was believed to pose a risk to police and public safety, the Southeast District’s Emergency Response Team (SED ERT) was deployed.

RCMP also enlisted the help of a helicopter in case the suspect attempted to hide in the Kootenay Pass forests.

RCMP said the officer inside the helicopter spotted the suspect’s truck, which then began travelling back towards Creston.

With roadblocks already in place, highway traffic was stopped in both directions as spike belts were deployed.

RCMP said the suspect approached one of the roadblocks, drove over a spike belt, and continued driving a short distance before his vehicle was disabled near West Creston Road and Highway 3.

RCMP said the suspect then fled into the nearby marshlands, where, after an hours long search, the suspect was brought into custody without further incident.

“I am very proud of the way the Detachments in the region came together to address this person’s behaviour,” says S/Sgt. Brandon Buliziuk, Creston RCMP Detachment Commander.

“Our officers worked cohesively, effectively; and most importantly, in the interest of keeping the public safe. We are grateful for the support of our neighbours and that of the Southeast District Emergency Response and Containment Teams. We appreciate the travelling public’s patience while we safely and methodically apprehended this suspect.”

RCMP said the suspect remains in custody, facing charges related to property crimes and additional charges associated with fleeing from police.

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