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Dine and dash suspect leads Vernon RCMP on chaotic chase

October 27, 2020 - 9:07 AM

An Alberta man who dined and dashed at a down Vernon restaurant yesterday is now in custody after he crashed his vehicle into two police cars and then took off on foot.

The incident took place shortly after 1 p.m. Oct. 26, after police got a call from a business in the 3600 block of 32 Street that a customer had left without paying for their meal.

While police were responding to the incident another call came in reporting a theft from a business in the 3200 block of 32 Street. Both callers provided a detailed description of the suspect and the vehicle, including the license plate.

According to a Vernon North Okanagan RCMP media release, police located the suspect vehicle in the 3300 block of 31 Avenue but as they attempted to place him under arrest he tried to flee in his vehicle.

"The man crashed into two police vehicles and one civilian vehicle, narrowly missing two of our officers while attempting to evade police," RCMP const. Chris Terleski said in the release. "When his vehicle became disabled, the man ran from the vehicle and our officers pursued the suspect on foot."

The suspect, a 31-year-old Alberta man, entered a business on the 3300 block of 30 Avenue and was then arrested without incident.

The Alberta man remains in custody and is facing a number of potential criminal charges including theft, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and flight from police. He was also issued a 90-day immediate roadside prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

The RCMP say there were no injuries were reported and the investigation is continuing.

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