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Suspect drives stolen car into snowbank

Vernon RCMP
January 08, 2015 - 12:02 PM

VERNON COP IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME TO CATCH THIEF

VERNON - A man well known to police didn’t get far in a stolen vehicle in Vernon early Thursday morning.

RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says a Kimberley man was on his way back to his hotel from Denny’s around 1:40 a.m. when he noticed his car wasn’t where he left it. It was stuck in a snowbank in the area of 32 Street, between 37 Avenue and 39 Avenue.

The man notified a passing police officer, who proceeded to check out the vehicle.

“When our officer approached the car, a lone male was seen in the driver’s seat,” Molendyk says.

As she pulled up beside the grey Buick, the man got out of the driver’s seat, and began to walk away.

“When our officer told the man to stop, he turned and ran,” Molendyk says.

The officer gave chase and found him a short distance away hiding behind a tree and arrested him for stealing the car.

The suspect, a 40-year-old man with a Nelson, B.C. address, is being held in custody for a court appearance Thursday and is expected to face charges of breaching conditions and theft of a motor vehicle.

To contact the 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.

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