Police chase goes over land, wa­ter

The Daily Courier - - OKANAGAN - By Daily Courier Staff

Nakusp RCMP pur­sue sus­pect un­til he hits the Nee­dles ferry

Ver­non RCMP caught the driver of a stolen ve­hi­cle Mon­day af­ter­noon fol­low­ing an ex­ten­sive police chase.

Nakusp RCMP ad­vised the Ver­non Moun­ties that a man driv­ing a stolen Honda Civic failed to stop for police and had just boarded the Nee­dles Ferry, head­ing to­ward Lumby shortly af­ter 11 a.m.

As the ve­hi­cle drove off the ferry, it con­tin­ued west­bound on High­way 6 and was spot­ted driv­ing at high speed and fail­ing to stop at in­ter­sec­tions by an of­fi­cer in Lumby.

Police did not pur­sue the ve­hi­cle, but set up spike belts on High­way 6 in an ef­fort to dis­able the ve­hi­cle, said Const. Kelly Brett.

Be­fore pass­ing through the spike belt lo­ca­tions, the ve­hi­cle veered off onto Kala­malka Lake Road, where it con­tin­ued to travel at high speed, said Brett.

RCMP air ser­vices unit and police dog ser­vices were de­ployed.

Air ser­vices quickly lo­cated the sus­pect ve­hi­cle trav­el­ing west on Westkal Road, where it came to an abrupt stop at a dead end.

The male sus­pect fled on foot and was seen hop­ping over a fence in the back­yard of a res­i­dence.

Police dogs lo­cated the sus­pect hid­ing un­der a pile of kayaks.

The sus­pect was taken into cus­tody and was trans­ported to the 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,” said 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.

He was sched­uled to ap­pear in court on Tues­day.

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