Kelowna police find loaded shotgun, break-in tools after suspect rammed police car

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KELOWNA - He was driving a stolen vehicle with no lights on at 4 a.m., rammed a police car, drove over a spike belt and ran — all before police even found the loaded shotgun and break-in tools. 

It's going to be a long morning for several officers doing paperwork after they arrested the 21-year-old man today, Dec. 15.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey says he faces numerous charges.

It started in the area of Spall Road and Springfield Road at 4 a.m. when police naturally became suspicious at the grey Toyota Tacoma because it was badly damaged and had no lights on. 

When the truck pulled into a parking lot, the officer attempted to stop it, but the man reversed, hit the police car, then fled again "in an erratic manner," O'Donaghey says. 

“Our officers later spotted the same suspect vehicle being operated in a dangerous manner in Kelowna’s downtown core."

They used a spike belt to stop the truck on Clement Avenue and Spall Road. All four tires punctured but the driver kept going on rims before making a run for it.  

"Several officers converged on the area and engaged in a foot pursuit," O'Donaghey says. “The suspect was taken into police custody near Cooper Road and Enterprise Way."

Police now know the truck was reported stolen Dec. 1 from Bird Place in Kelowna. Police found a fully loaded shotgun and break-in tools were inside.

The suspect remains in police custody at this time. 

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

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