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No bail for men arrested on Kelowna bridge

Ryan Regan was arrested Jan. 12, 2017 after police chased him and one other man from Penticton to Kelowna.
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January 23, 2017 - 1:00 PM

KELOWNA – The two men arrested on the Bennett Bridge in Kelowna after leading police on a chase from Penticton to Kelowna were denied bail again today, Jan. 23.

Michael Anthony Dennison, 25, is charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving while prohibited and breach of probation. All of his charges are alleged to have occurred in Penticton.

Ryan Patrick Regan, 33, is charged with dangerous driving, evading police, two counts of hit and run, mischief to a police vehicle and assault with a weapon.

Both men first appeared in Kelowna court, Jan. 13, one day after a high speed police chase from Penticton to Kelowna that ended when Dennison clipped at least one police car, and were denied bail at that time. RCMP closed the lanes on the William R. Bennett Bridge from West Kelowna to Kelowna to catch the suspects, causing a traffic jam.

RCMP have said little about the incident, but Crown lawyer Kurt Froelich said in court the arrests were the result of a multi-jurisdictional investigation with detachments from Penticton to Kelowna.

There is still no indication why police pursued the two men in the first place. 

Neither man are strangers to the inside of a courtroom. Dennison spent more than three months in jail starting in September 2016 for theft of a motor vehicle and dangerous operation of a vehicle and has two convictions for possession of stolen property over $5,000.

Regan’s record includes numerous charges of possession of stolen property over $5,000, trafficking, break and enter and flight from police.

They next appear in Kelowna court early next month.

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