December 11, 2013 - 9:28 AM
KELOWNA - A Kelowna man fleeing from police in a stolen truck crashed through a hedge and a fence during his escape and now faces a number of charges.
The 30-year-old, known to police, was in an older model Chevy when police noticed him pulling into a parking lot at the corner of Homer Road and Hwy 33. The man was prohibited from driving and Mounties attempted to stop him using two unmarked police vehicles to box the truck in.
The driver rammed one of the police vehicles, narrowly missing one of the officers then evaded a capture by driver over the curb, through a hedge, through a fence, over a sidewalk and across four lanes of traffic onto Hwy 33.
The truck was found abandoned a short time later. Police discovered it was reported stolen from Merritt earlier that day.
For the next two days, police worked to track the man down and found him in a parking lot on Dilworth Drive at Leckie Court. With public safety in mind, extra care was taken to make the arrest.
The man was held in custody to appear in court later that day.
Daniel James Mader is charged with driving while disqualified, flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of stolen property and two counts of mischief. He remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 23.
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