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Shuswap, Vernon police, RCMP helicopter used to catch Alberta man driving stolen vehicle

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June 04, 2020 - 12:25 PM

An Alberta man was arrested and could be charged after evading and speeding away from the RCMP in a stolen vehicle.

On June 3, at approximately 1 p.m. a Trans Canada East Traffic Services police officer based in Revelstoke attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding on Highway 1 near Malakwa, according to the RCMP in a news release.

The vehicle, a black BMW with a lone driver, sped westbound toward Sicamous. The police officer did not pursue the vehicle for public safety reasons, but radioed other RCMP units, according to the news release.

The BMW then evaded Sicamous RCMP and continued toward Salmon Arm.

"Police patrolled secondary roads between Sicamous and Salmon Arm and located the abandoned car. At about the same time, Salmon Arm RCMP located a person on the highway not far from the recovered vehicle," according to the news release.

The man, in his late 30s, is well known to police in Alberta. He was taken into custody without further incident and later released for a future court date, according to the RCMP. Potential charges include: Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle, Flight from Police and Possession of Stolen Property. The BMW was determined to have been stolen in Calgary about a month ago, according to the news release.

The Vernon Police Dog Service was utilized to track the driver's path from the stolen vehicle to the highway where he was located, and several items belonging to the driver were recovered. The Integrated Forensic Identification Section was utilized to gather evidence from the car and Air Services provided support from above to officers on the ground, according to the release.

Anyone with information about this investigation, including any dash camera video, is asked to contact TCETS in Revelstoke at 250-837-5255.


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