May 06, 2016 - 1:47 PM
KELOWNA - They were warned.
Three Central Okanagan men on parole are facing at least a half dozen charges each after speeding past an officer on Highway 5 south of Little Fort this week.
A Clearwater RCMP officer saw two vehicles approaching him rapidly from behind around 1:30 p.m., May 4, Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says in a release.
“The officer pulled over to the side of the road and in an attempt to simply slow the vehicles down and carry on with his other duties, he activated his rear emergency lights to get the drivers attention,” Moskaluk says. “The two vehicles then increased their speed and sped past him.”
An RCMP Air Services helicopter, a dog team from Kamloops and back-up from 100 Mile House and Barriere Detachments were called.
“An officer did note fresh skid marks on Highway 24 turning off the highway onto a logging road, and came across a motorist who gave the typical nod and 'they went that a way', when asked if he had seen the suspect cars,” Moskaluk says in the release.
The suspect vehicles were found four kilometers up Blowdown Road with three males sitting on the ground behind the vehicles.
“Upon seeing police the suspects jumped back in there vehicles and tried to drive away, unfortunately for them the vehicles stuck,” he says. “The three subjects then ran into the bush. The officer noted that the vehicles were left in gear with wheels spinning.”
Sgt. Kevin Podbisky of Clearwater RCMP says it was all caught on police dash cam.
Police found two shotguns, one loaded with four shells, ammunition and an air gun pistol.
After a three-hour dog track, three subjects, all from the Central Okanagan, were located and taken into custody without incident.
The release does not specify if the cars or guns were stolen but Mark Pauls, 31, faces possible charges of flight from police, possession of stolen vehicle, possession of stolen gun, driving while prohibited, possession of a firearm, breach of a conditional sentence order and other charges.
Andrew Shreenam, 34, also faces charges of possession of stolen vehicle, possession of stolen firearm, breach of probation and others.
William Hill, 26, could be charged with flight from police, driving while prohibited, possession of ammunition while prohibited and breach of probation.
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