Ar­rest af­ter 4-hour truck chase

Sus­pect al­legedly held ve­hi­cle’s driver at gun­point

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - VANCOUVER - Jeff Hod­son

RCMP in the In­te­rior have ar­rested a 33-year-old man fol­low­ing a dan­ger­ous in­ci­dent that in­volved the al­leged kid­nap­ping of a com­mer­cial truck driver at gun­point for more than four hours.

The in­ci­dent be­gan af­ter 4 p.m. on Mon­day when an RCMP of­fi­cer from Clear­wa­ter saw a man slumped be­hind the wheel of a mini­van just south of Avola, a small town be­tween Blue River and Clear­wa­ter on High­way 5.

The of­fi­cer thought the man was drunk or on drugs and at­tempted to place him in the back the po­lice ve­hi­cle. As he was be­ing ar­rested how­ever, the man al­legedly over­pow­ered the of­fi­cer and fled north­bound in the mini­van.

About three kilo­me­tres south of Blue River, the mini­van forced a pick-up truck off the road. Then the man, al­legedly armed with a hand­gun, ap­proached the pickup, but fled north­bound again as the of­fi­cer ar­rived at the scene.

After­ward, ac­cord­ing to a me­dia state­ment, the man al­legedly ap­proached a pulled over semi-truck and smashed out the win­dow, try­ing in vain to get the trucker to drive him away. He is then al­leged to have jumped into a se­cond com­mer­cial truck and threat­ened the driver with the gun.

The truck, which was haul­ing wood, headed south on High­way 5 to­ward Kam­loops with po­lice of­fi­cers fol­low­ing at a dis­tance in un­marked ve­hi­cles.

The truck left the high­way at the weigh scales west of Kam­loops and the truck driver man­aged to es­cape as mem­bers of the RCMP’s emer­gency re­sponse team dis­abled the ve­hi­cle.

Of­fi­cers tried to com­mu­ni­cate with the man and then used gas can­is­ters to try and flush him from the cab. The man tried to drive the semi, but it slid off the road and over­turned. Po­lice dogs caught him as he tried to leave the cab. A hand­gun was later re­cov­ered from the ve­hi­cle.

David Lee Chap­pell, 33, is fac­ing three charges in­clud­ing kid­nap­ping and us­ing a firearm to com­mit an of­fence.

Metro

A man has been ar­rested af­ter a four-hour po­lice chase in B.C.’s in­te­rior.

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