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Police arrest man who tried to swim away from officers in Shuswap

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September 27, 2018 - 5:05 PM

CANOE - A man is facing charges in the Shuswap after allegedly operating a stolen vehicle from West Kelowna, and attempting to flee from officers today.

Staff Sgt. Scott West of Salmon Arm RCMP says in a news release that officers were deployed to the South Canoe and Ranchero area today, Sept. 27. A man was seen by a plainclothes officer in the area of 10 Avenue and Kilhani Park.

The man was allegedly looking at bicycles in the area, and he was operating a vehicle which was suspected to be stolen on Sept. 5 from West Kelowna, West says.

The suspect fled the area in the car before officers could speak to him, but police contained the area and an RCMP aircraft was deployed.

Officers spotted the vehicle as it fled into the streets in the Ranchero area, West says, adding that officers also contained that area.

After some time, the suspect was identified by an officer on Highway 97B, but he ran on foot on the highway and into the woods. He then ran into Gardiner Lake where he was seen swimming to escape.

West says officers and a police dog surrounded the lake and the man surrendered before being brought to shore. Police determined the 33-year-old suspect had outstanding warrants in B.C. and is previously known to police.

He's currently in custody in Salmon Arm awaiting bail on charges of possession of stolen property, break and enter, and theft stemming from an investigation in Sicamous where a local pharmacy was broken into earlier this month.

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