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Chase RCMP respond to man in distress on Trans Canada

June 01, 2018 - 10:57 AM

CHASE - A 23-year-old man has been taken to the hospital after Chase RCMP received multiple calls of a man in distress on the Trans Canada Highway last night.

Chase RCMP responded to a call about man standing on the highway close to Stoney Flats Road in Pritchard at around 7:20 p.m. yesterday, May 31.

Police say the man was screaming and yelling while holding a machete knife towards his throat.

“The male was very agitated and he was threatening he was going to kill himself and his dog,” Chase RCMP Sgt. Barry Kennedy says.

As a safety precaution, police shut down the highway in both directions as well as the railway line in the area.

“We didn’t know where he was going to run and for safety reasons we shut the highway down and the rail line in case he started running towards traffic,” Kennedy says.

Police were able to calm the man down and he surrendered his machete. The man had self-inflicted injuries from before police arrived and he was taken to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops.

The man is originally from Alberta and has relatives in the area, Kennedy says. The highway has since been reopened in the area.

RCMP aren’t contemplating any charges.


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