June 03, 2016 - 10:03 AM
KAMLOOPS - Two people involved in a serious car crash in downtown Kamloops last week have significant injuries and will need a long time to recover, according to Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie.
The crash happened during a RCMP investigation into reports of a couple who had stolen lottery tickets on May 27.
Mounties located the suspect vehicle involved in the thefts and were waiting for it to be towed when the suspects jumped into an SUV and took off. The vehicle was located a short time later, but “due to the public traffic present and the manner in which it was being driven” officers didn’t give chase, police said.
The vehicle was then involved in a crash at Eighth Avenue and Columbia Street. A man and woman were seriously injured. The suspects escaped again by stealing the vehicle of a man who stopped to provide assistance to the injured couple.
The next day, Vernon police responded to a lottery ticket theft and located the vehicle stolen from Kamloops.
B.C.'s police watchdog, the Independent Investigations Office, was then called in to assess the actions of police. Mounties were cleared of any wrongdoing.
Shelkie says the names of the suspect couple cannot be released at this time, but will be released as soon as police are able to do so.
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