Witnesses lead police to erratic driver

VERNON - It was like a scene out of a movie, with a driver trying to avoid police by speeding off through a hotel parking lot and up onto a sidewalk — but it wasn't a happy ending for the guy at the wheel.

The stunt cost the 26-year-old driver who faces charges of dangerous driving and flight from police. He also breached a conditional sentence order from Nanaimo and had a driving prohibition out of 100 Mile House.

It all started just after midnight April 6, when Vernon RCMP attempted to check a 2003 Chevy Cavalier on 43 Avenue. The car sped off through the Best Western parking lot, onto 33 Street past the Performing Arts building. A witness says the driver drove on the sidewalk near the Recreation Centre while other witnesses helped direct officers to where the car was last seen near 3400 34 Street.

Three male suspects were found and arrested after ditching the car and fleeing. A female was also in the car as it ripped up the pavement through Vernon, but she hasn't been located.

The driver is being held for court today.

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

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