June 25, 2014 - 12:36 PM
KAMLOOPS - The lead investigators of a case involving an erratic driver, several guns, a stolen vehicle and three men running from police have released the identity of one of the suspects in custody.
Around 2 p.m. on June 20, police received reports of a white 1998 Dodge Stratus with Alberta plates driving erratically near Rayleigh and again near Aberdeen.
One woman who reported the car to police wrote an email to Info News, sharing her experience.
“(I) contacted the RCMP first about this erratic driver while passing Rayleigh. This driver almost side-swiped my car, with me and my 11 year old daughter. They then sped up and slowed down. Repeating that action over and over again. I contacted the RCMP gave the make, model and plate on the car. The operator had me follow the white car and tell them exactly where the white car was at every minute."
The woman says she kept a distance behind the car to remain inconspicuous but the men noticed her following them.
“The man in the front seat kept looking back at us... I just knew (sic) something was really wrong. I just had that feeling.”
According to the woman, there was a second suspicious car she believes to be related to the suspects. She said the second vehicle cut in front of her as she followed the white car. She has reported it to RCMP.
The woman said she followed the car for about half an hour until an RCMP vehicle intervened and followed the suspicious car, headed toward Merrit. The officer decided not to pursue the suspect.
Police members spotted the vehicle later on a return trip to Kamloops. Suspecting it was stolen, officers pursued the car which pulled into the old Rona parking lot on Versatile Drive. All three men ran from the car and crossed the highway toward the Canadian Tire.
Nicholas Stephen Galbraith, 28, and two others from Alberta were apprehended. Galbraith was arrested without incident.
The second man was arrested after attempting to steal a tractor trailer in the Canadian Tire parking lot.
Police conducted an almost eight-hour manhunt for the third male believed to be armed. He was apprehended around 10 p.m. on Monarch Drive in Upper Sahali.
The last two caught are also from Alberta. They cannot be named because they are 16 and 17 years old and protected by the Young Offenders Act.
RCMP members determined the vehicle was stolen. In the trunk, officers discovered 12 long barrel guns. One of the suspects was in possession of a handgun. Police also found 19 grams of cocaine.
All three males are currently in police custody. Galbraith is scheduled to appear in court for a bail hearing on June 26.
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