Kamloops man turns downtown Kelowna into demolition derby

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KELOWNA - A police chase on Gordon Drive was called off by Mounties in the name of public safety, but the suspect driving the SUV still managed to crash into four cars.

Kelowna RCMP are still looking for the driver, who prompted the initial chase by striking vehicles at 2:30 a.m. May 1. Police were investigating a complaint of threats at Bernard Avenue and Water Street when they heard a vehicle engine revving followed by crunching noises.

An officer saw a dark coloured SUV on the sidewalk with bystanders shouting at the driver to stop. 

"The two male suspects in the threats complaint had apparently gotten into a black Nissan Pathfinder which struck a pair of parked vehicles as it drove away from the area," RCMP Const. Kris Clark said in a press release. "The officer was able to locate the vehicle near Gordon Drive but it sped off when police activated their emergency equipment."

Police discontinued the pursuit the moment public safety was at risk, but later found the Pathfinder on Bernard Avenue at Ethyl Street, where it crashed into another pair of vehicles.

The passenger, a 25-year-old Kelowna man was found a block away with minor, non-life-threatening injuries, likely from the crash. A police service dog was used to track the driver but he wasn't found.

The passenger was released without charges pending further investigation.

A 37-year-old Kamloops man faces a number of potential charges including flight from police, failing to remain at the scene of an accident, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and assault with a weapon. He remains at large.

Anyone with information can contact Kelowna RCMP, Const. Joyce at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

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