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Bylaw officer assists in tense arrest

May 21, 2013 - 3:42 PM

It's always nice when someone has your back. After an incident May 19, a Vernon cop understands the old adage extremely well. 

Sunday evening around 8:15 p.m., a local bylaw officer noticed a cop had stopped a car for impaired driving on 33 Street.

"The observant by-law officer noticed two men and a woman get out of the vehicle," RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk says. "He pulled his vehicle over to assist as he recognized the men and knew them to have a bit of a violent history."

Sure enough, the 21-year-old female driver and one of the male passengers began yelling at the police officer. With the help of the bylaw officer, the cop cuffed the woman and kept the agitated man at bay. At this time another police officer also arrived on scene to assist with the situation.

"The woman continued to scream and yell and kick the police car door damaging it," Molendyk says. "She was taken to cells and the aggressive male was later released when he had calmed down."

The other man, who remained calm during the episode, was permitted to go on his way.

The Vernon woman is expected to face charges of mischief and was issued a 90 day immediate roadside prohibition.

Molendyk says the event is testament to the benefit bylaw officers play in the city.

"Again this shows the working relationship that the police have with our by-law officers in the City of Vernon," Molendyk says.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at or call (250)309-5230.

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