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Kamloops man arrested in Kelowna for 'reckless' driving in stolen vehicle

August 27, 2020 - 8:40 AM

A Kamloops man was arrested after putting numerous people in danger, including police, while behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle yesterday morning in Kelowna.

Just before 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 27, Kelowna RCMP received a complaint of a Toyota Rav4 driving erratically near Springfield Road and Hollywood Road. When police found the vehicle and tried to execute a traffic stop, the driver fled from them in a dangerous manner, according to a media release from the Kelowna RCMP.

Officers didn’t pursue the vehicle out of concern for the public’s safety. Police continued to receive complaints about the dangerous driving and officers flooded the area in which it was spotted. They found the vehicle abandoned on Burtch Road.

A police dog was deployed and RCMP arrested a 50-year-old Kamloops man in relation to the incident.

The vehicle was reported to have been stolen from Calgary on Aug. 20.

“The behaviour of this driver was extremely reckless and posed a danger to everyone he met,” Kelowna RCMP media relations officer Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy said in the release. “We would like to extend our thanks to all the citizens who assisted us in apprehending him by calling and reporting. This information helped us narrow our search area and get this dangerous driver off the road quicker.”

The driver has since been released from custody with a future court date. B.C. Prosecution Service will review the incident and determine the charges.

If you have information about this crime, contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300 or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online here.

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