January 14, 2016 - 3:12 PM
LOGAN LAKE – A report of an impaired driver helped police recover a stolen vehicle and arrest a man alleged to have broken into a home in Merritt this week.
At around 8:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, Logan Lake RCMP were informed of a possibly impaired driver on the Coquihalla Highway between Merritt and Kamloops.
Officers from Logan Lake found the suspect driving towards Kamloops and confirmed it to be a stolen vehicle reported missing after a residential burglary in Kamloops. A media release from RCMP says firearms were taken during the break-in as well.
“The Logan Lake officer followed the truck for a distance until back-up officers from Merritt and Kamloops attended to the area,” Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says in the release. “At one point the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle drove off the highway and crashed into a ditch unaware that there was a police vehicle following him.”
Moskaluk says the driver has an extensive criminal record, was on bail release conditions and was wanted in relation to other matters out of Kamloops and Kelowna.
When he was taken into custody, police found additional stolen property they suspect may be linked to other thefts in Merritt.
The man refused to give a breath sample and was held in custody for a court appearance in Kamloops on Thursday.
He faces numerous charges including possession of stolen property, impaired driving and refusing to provide a breath sample.
“We would like to thank the witnesses who assisted us greatly with this matter,” Logan Lake RCMP Const. Dan Schenkeveld says in the release.
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