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Police track down and arrest man accused of damaging cop car during Shuswap crime spree

August 19, 2016 - 3:40 PM

SALMON ARM - An intensive investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Lower Mainland man accused of going on a dramatic crime spree in the North Okanagan and Shuswap earlier this summer.

Richard Robert Taylor, 28, allegedly fled from police and damaged a cop car in Salmon Arm during an incident July 25.

It all started when mounties tried to pull him over on Highway 1 in Salmon Arm, Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says in a release issued today, Aug. 19.

Taylor allegedly fled from police in what was later determined to be a car stolen from the Falkland area. RCMP patrols by ground and helicopter failed to locate the vehicle, however a member of the public called it in as driving erratically in the Fly Hills area.

“An RCMP member located the vehicle on a dead end road. As that officer attempted to block in the stolen car it fled, colliding with the police cruiser and causing the stolen car to end up in a ditch,” Moskaluk says.

The driver then fled on foot and despite the efforts of officers and the police dog unit, the culprit was not located. An uncooperative passenger was arrested from the vehicle and released the next day, Moskaluk says.

“The subsequent investigation led police to identify Taylor as the driver of the vehicle involved at which time they learned that he was subject of a Canada wide arrest warrant,” Moskaluk says. “An intensive operation involving RCMP crime analysts, police resources from the Vernon/North Okanagan detachment, as well as the Salmon Arm RCMP detachment focused on locating Taylor over the course of several weeks.”

Taylor was eventually arrested in Sorrento on Wednesday, Aug. 10. He currently faces charges of property obtained by crime over $5,000, resisting arrest and uttering threats. Police are also investigating further charges including dangerous driving, flight from a peace officer, and possession of a stolen car.

Taylor remains in custody and is expected to appear in court Aug. 30.

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