Auto theft suspect hits RCMP officer and causes damage in several locations throughout Kamloops

Kamloops City, Logan Lake, Merritt, Air Services, Police Dog Services

2021-06-28 15:50 PDT

File # 2021-21587

An unfolding incident that spanned multiple police jurisdictions ended in the apprehension of a man through the collaborative efforts of front line RCMP officers of each Kamloops RCMP, Logan Lake RCMP and Merritt RCMP, who were supported by Kamloops Police Dog Services and RCMP Air Services.

View news release: 2021-06-28.

On June 28, 2021 at approximately 9:48 am, Kamloops RCMP was called to a location on Greenock Court for a report a suspicious vehicle with a male driver, acting in an erratic manner. The complainant told police that the driver, an adult man, was out front of his residence, yelling profanities at the house and inappropriately exposing himself. Before police could arrive at the location the suspect departed in his vehicle and was reportedly observed swerving all over the roadway hitting other vehicles.

Front Line RCMP officers began immediate patrols for the suspect vehicle and eventually were able to locate it near Notre Dame Drive and Dalhousie Drive where the driver allegedly attempted to flee from police. The driver was observed crashing into a light pole a short distance later where he fled on foot.

A police officer nearby was able to follow on foot and located the driver near a business in the 1300-block of Dalhousie Drive, where he was seen attempting to steal another vehicle. The front line officer attempted to arrest the man. An altercation ensued at this location, during which the police officer was partially run over as the suspect attempted to further flee in a silver Honda Civic.

Additional front line RCMP officers deployed into the region to locate the stolen vehicle as it was sighted in several locations throughout Kamloops, seen being driven in an erratic manner and causing further property damage, states Sgt. Darren Michels, Media Relations Officer for the Kamloops RCMP. The general public would have observed several check points through out the city during this time. RCMP Air Services and well as the Kamloops Police Dog Services were activated to assist in the search for this vehicle.

With assistance from the public, Kamloops RCMP received information that the suspect vehicle was spotted heading southbound on the Coquihalla Highway. RCMP Air 4 helicopter was able to locate the vehicle and follow it to the Logan Lake area.

The suspect vehicle came to a stop on Highway 5 south of Merritt BC, where the suspect was ultimately taken into police custody with the assistance of a Police Service Dog after fleeing into the brush.

The suspect has been identified as a 34-year-old Prince George man. He was transported to hospital for a full medical assessment. He faces a number of potential charges as a result.
 

Released by

Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
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