June 07, 2016 - 10:50 AM
KAMLOOPS - A man and a woman who allegedly stole lottery tickets, caused a serious crash and stole a car in Kamloops before being arrested in Vernon following another lottery ticket theft, are now facing a myriad of charges.
Roderick Mervin Bailey, 43, and Jodi Marie Pechawis, 34, are facing a variety of charges stemming from the May 27 and 28 incidents, according to an RCMP release.
The Saskatchewan duo allegedly stole lottery tickets from various businesses in Kamloops on May 27 and when an RCMP officer located their vehicle they jumped into the vehicle and sped off.
The vehicle later caused a serious crash in the Downtown area, leaving a man and woman with significant injuries. When a bystander got out of their vehicle to help at the scene of the crash the duo allegedly stole that vehicle and took off.
The suspects allegedly stole lottery tickets from a Vernon store the next day and were subsequently arrested.
Bailey is facing charges ranging from theft, including theft of a motor vehicle, to possession of property obtained by crime and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm. Pechawis is facing multiple theft charges. The will both appear in court later this month.
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. was brought in to investigate the RCMP’s role in the Kamloops crash but were quickly cleared of any wrongdoing.
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