Stolen pickup driver tried to ram police vehicle head-on: Kelowna RCMP

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Two suspects are dealing with a slew of prices after the motive force of a stolen pickup tried to ram a Kelowna RCMP car head-on whereas attempting to evade arrest.

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Police acquired a report a couple of white Dodge pickup truck that had been stolen from a house within the 1000-block of Keyes Street early Saturday morning.

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Simply after midnight Sunday, one other name got here in a couple of pickup matching the outline that gave the impression to be casing houses and driving erratically in a cul-de-sac within the 100-block of Gemini Street. A licence plate verify confirmed it was the stolen truck.

Officers noticed the truck and noticed “unprovoked harmful driving behaviour, together with extreme speeds and hopping over curbs,” mentioned Kelowna RCMP spokesman Mike Della-Paolera in a launch. He mentioned the truck narrowly missed crashing into different automobiles.

Then, at about 2 a.m., the motive force “intentionally swerved throughout three lanes together with the yellow centre line” because the truck headed west on Springfield Street in what appeared like a deliberate try and crash head-on into an eastbound police car.

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“If not for the officer’s fast response, the truck would have undoubtedly prompted a critical high-speed collision, presumably grievously injuring or killing the police officer,” mentioned Della-Paolera.

Due to that “excessive escalation of threat,” officers pursued the stolen truck headed west on Freeway 97 and, at about 2:40 a.m., managed to cease the truck within the centre median of Harvey Avenue, simply east of Pandosy Avenue.

The driving force, who is thought to police, was arrested however his male passenger tried to run away. With the assistance of police canines, he was discovered hiding close by and likewise arrested. He too had a felony historical past.

“These two people demonstrated a wanton disregard for the security and wellbeing of most of the people and the cops who put themselves in danger to deliver this harmful state of affairs to a secure conclusion,” mentioned Insp. Beth McAndie, the pinnacle of investigative providers for Kelowna RCMP.

Each suspects had been held in custody and appeared in court docket on Monday. Anybody with data or video proof is requested to name police at 250-762-3300.

jruttle@postmedia.com


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