January 17, 2014 - 3:31 PM
KAMLOOPS — An attempt to pull over a speeding vehicle led to a foot chase and police dog search in the Rayleigh area Friday morning.
Around 8:30 a.m. RCMP officers saw a speeding truck near Tolko Mill on Highway 5 north of Rayleigh but the driver took off, dumping the truck in Rayleigh and taking off on foot. A police dog was brought in to help with the search and Rayleigh Elementary School was asked to keep the students inside as they searched the area.
Cpl. Mike O'Flynn of Central Interior Traffic Services says the students were never considered at risk, but the students were getting prepared to load a school bus for a field trip and would have added too many smells that could have affected tracking.
After about 30 minutes of searching it was determined the suspect was picked up by another vehicle within minutes of abandoning the first one. It was also determined the first truck had been stolen out of Grande Prairie, AB, overnight and the owner had not even realized it was missing yet.
An identification unit is examining the vehicle this afternoon and police hope to get more information in being able to track down the suspect, who is still at large. The truck was not damaged and the owner will be picking up the truck tomorrow.
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