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Enderby car chase leads to arrest of man and woman

April 19, 2021 - 12:25 PM

A wanted Penticton man hiding out in the North Okanagan was arrested Friday after police converged on a residence in the Enderby area.

An officer from the North Okanagan RCMP was conducting patrols April 16, at approximately 8 a.m., when they located a stolen vehicle parked outside an Enderby residence. The vehicle was associated to a man who was wanted by police and believed to be hiding out in the area.

Officers, with assistance from the Southeast District Emergency Response Team, RCMP Air Services, and RCMP Police Dog Services, established a perimeter in the area in order to contain the suspect and the vehicle.

RCMP said a nearby school was advised by police of the developing situation and as a precaution, learning activities at the location were conducted indoors for the remainder of the school day.

At approximately 2 p.m., the suspect exited the residence and allegedly drove away in the stolen vehicle. Shortly after, the suspect encountered a police roadblock and as he reversed, additional officers closed in behind the vehicle preventing its escape.

"Once the vehicle was contained, the suspect, and a female passenger, abandoned it and continued their escape attempt on foot," Const. Chris Terleski, Media Relations Officer for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP said in a press release. "An RCMP Air Services helicopter in the area tracked the man’s movement and provided live updates on his location to officers on the ground."

Police caught up with the suspect who surrendered and was arrested without incident. The female passenger was located, and taken into custody, with assistance from the RCMP Police Dog Services.

The 29-year old man was arrested on several outstanding warrants and remains in custody at this time though police would not identify him because he has not been charged for the new allegations which relate to possession of a stolen vehicle. The 32-year old woman has since been released without charges.

The incident remains under investigation and no additional information is available for release at this time.

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