UPDATE: Suspect facing several charges after fleeing Vernon police on tires deflated by spike belt

VERNON - Police nabbed a driver behind the wheel of a suspected stolen vehicle Wednesday with the use of a spike belt.

An officer patrolling Old Kamloops Road around 8 p.m., Jan. 20, noticed a Toyota Tundra which was reported stolen the previous evening from the Coldstream area, Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy says in a media release.

Police followed the vehicle from a distance as it travelled out of town on Old Kamloops Road and continued down Westside Road before turning onto Bouleau Lake Road.

“Officers successfully deployed a spike belt after attempting to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle continued driving,” Noseworthy says. “A second spike belt was successfully deployed. Despite all four tires being deflated, the driver continued to attempt to operate the vehicle at a slow rate of speed.”

Eventually, the driver, and lone occupant, stopped the truck and was arrested. He is Ross Campbell, 27, from Vernon.

Campbell appeared in Provincial Court Jan. 21 and faces charges of possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of a break-in instrument, flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance. He’s due back in Vernon court Feb. 17.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infonews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 6:38 a.m. Jan. 22, 2016 to include new information from the Vernon RCMP. 

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