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One person in custody after Kamloops RCMP chase ends near downtown

A witness took this photo at 12:31 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 of a heavy police presence on Summit Drive.
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January 19, 2021 - 3:41 PM

Kamloops RCMP have one person in custody after a chase led to the Kamloops School of the Arts.

The chase occurred along the Trans-Canada Highway near Peterson Creek, until going through downtown and eventually ending on Robinson Crescent near the school. Students and staff were directed at both Kamloops School of the Arts and Lloyd George Elementary were directed to stay indoors until the incident was over. 

One witness reported seeing multiple police cars driving up to where the chase eventually ended and a helicopter was circling above.

An RCMP media statement said that a man allegedly left a retail store on the 500 block of Notre Dame Drive with several hundred dollars of merchandise, then fled through an emergency exit to a stolen brown truck. 

An officer patrolling the area located the truck and called for an RCMP Air Services helicopter to keep an eye on the truck. The truck was seen driving erratically into oncoming traffic on Notre Dame Drive and eventually side-swiped another vehicle. The suspect fled on foot after the truck landed in a ditch.

With help from the Police Dog Services Unit, officers eventually located the man in a compost bin on Robinson Crescent.  

— This story was updated at 3:45 p.m. Jan. 19, 2021 to add new information from RCMP.

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