February 12, 2013 - 12:44 PM
A shoeless car thief succumbed to police rather than test his fate in the snowy mountains in sock feet and light clothing Saturday morning.
Vernon RCMP working in the area of Kamloops Vernon Highway near Monte Lake noticed a vehicle travelling north at high speed crossing the centre line. With police in pursuit the vehicle came to a stop three km before the Barnhartvale Road turnoff. As the officer left his cruiser, he noticed the driver had both hands out the window. When asked why he was doing that, police say the 32-year-old Kamloops man replied the vehicle was stolen.
The officer arrested the man and asked him and a woman passenger to exit the vehicle. As the man stood up he dashed away from the officer and ran up the east side of the highway and into a field, losing a shoe in the effort.
A Kamloops police service dog was brought in to help sniff out the male suspect. The man eventually lost his other shoe while running and was taken into custody 250 yards away. He told police he was cold and wanted to give up. Police say the man told them he wanted to evade arrest by running into the mountains but thought better of it after losing his shoes and realizing his clothing wasn't adequate for the cold.
The man is expected to face charges of possession of stolen property, obstruction and flight from police. The woman was arrested for possession of stolen property.
The vehicle is registered in Alberta but stolen from a Kelowna address.
News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2013