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Dangerous driver tracked from downtown Vernon to Westside Road

February 22, 2017 - 11:45 AM

VERNON - Members of the public played an instrumental role in catching a dangerous driver who almost ran over a police officer in Vernon.

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, around 11:20 a.m., a Vernon RCMP officer noticed a white Ford F150, the same make and model that was reported stolen on Feb. 17 in Red Deer, Alberta.

The officer attempted to speak to the occupants at a parking lot at 3302 32 Street, Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy says in a media release.

“The male driver of the truck fled from the scene in an extremely dangerous manner nearly striking the officer,” Noseworthy says, adding the driver then headed north on 32 Street.

Police were able to track the location of the vehicle with help from members of the public.

“RCMP received numerous complaints from the general public regarding the dangerous driving of this vehicle, and due to this assistance were able to track its movements from Vernon to Westside Road,” Noseworthy says.
West Kelowna RCMP was called in to help locate the vehicle, which was eventually found parked on a side street off Westside Road.

Two suspects were arrested without incident a short distance from the vehicle.

The 36-year-old man who was driving is facing numerous charges including possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, breach of recognizance, and driving while prohibited.

His 31-year-old female passenger is facing a charge of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.

Both were held in custody to appear in Vernon Provincial Court.

“Members of our community were instrumental as our eyes in ears in this incident, and allowed us to bring this to a safe conclusion,” Sgt. David Evan says in the release.

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