Chase man arrested trying to steal a car in Kamloops

KAMLOOPS – A Chase man is cooling his heels in the Kamloops RCMP lockup after he tried to steal a car in an effort to get away from police last night.

RCMP say it all started at about 6 p.m., March 25, when officers tried to pull over a speeding driver who was eastbound on the Trans Canada.

The driver took off but wound up ditching the minivan in the Valleyview area, according to a RCMP media release. Three suspects in the van ran off.

Police caught up with the driver when he tried to force his way into a home, RCMP say. He demanded the homeowners give him the keys to their car, saying he had a gun.

The man was arrested and police say no gun was found.

A 44-year-old Chase man, who is known to police, is facing charges of flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and attempted armed robbery.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

— This story was updated at 12:37 p.m., Saturday, March 26, 2016 to correct the date of the incident.

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