Man with warrants flees from police, spends night on Pritchard Bridge

Pritchard Bridge.
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PRITCHARD - It was a long shift for Chase RCMP members who spent their night watching a runaway man with warrants for his arrest stand on a bridge over rushing water in Pritchard.

Const. Jonathan Spooner says the man fled from police at a beach yesterday afternoon, June 28.

“A Chase officer noted the man at the beach area on the north side of the river and called out to him. The man ran to the river and climbed onto pilings, making his way to the centre span of the bridge, about thirty feet above the fast-running water,” Spooner says in a release.

After the man refused to get down, police spent the night watching him with officers on the bridge and the RCMP boat in the water.

The officers' attempts to talk the man down failed and in the morning, a Kamloops RCMP negotiator attended the scene. The man eventually agreed to the arrest.

"Aside from being cold, the man was not injured,” Spooner says.

The accused is set to appear in court today, June 29.

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