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Driver of stolen pickup evades Penticton RCMP

June 03, 2019 - 2:42 PM

PENTICTON - Police in Penticton managed to catch a pair of suspected vehicle thieves last week, but in a separate incident, the suspect got away with a stolen pickup.

Police say at around 9 a.m. Thursday, May 20, officers spotted a stolen vehicle near Westhills Drive and Green Mountain Road in Penticton.

As officers followed the vehicle, it became stuck on a side road, according to an RCMP media release. The driver put the vehicle into gear in an effort to escape.

"The driver continued to fight with officers until he was eventually pulled out of the vehicle and safely taken into custody," Penticton RCMP spokesperson Const. James Grandy says in the release.

The male driver is being held for a bail hearing on charges of resisting arrest, assaulting a peace officer, possession of property obtained by crime. The female passenger was also taken into custody, but RCMP do not say if she will be facing any charges or if she was held in custody.

At the same time, RCMP got a tip regarding another stolen vehicle, a black Ford F-350 with a quad in the back. It was seen less than a kilometre away, but before police could set up a spike belt, the driver drove towards officers at a high rate of speed, forcing them to jump out of the way.

"The driver was able to evade capture by driving through down a steep embankment and down a creek," Grandy says.

Despite a search, which involved an RCMP plane, the suspect got away.

Anyone with information can contact Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4300 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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