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South Okanagan police pursuit ends with suspect vehicle stuck in snow

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February 22, 2018 - 2:00 PM

PENTICTON - Police have a woman in custody following a dangerous driving spree that began in Penticton and ended near Apex Mountain earlier this week.

The chase started when a Penticton RCMP officer on routine patrol spotted a woman driving a stolen, silver Ford Explorer dangerously at the north end of the city, Tuesday, Feb. 20.

The officer made an attempt to stop the vehicle, but the suspect took off, according to an RCMP media release. The officer didn't pursue because the SUV was being driven dangerously.

RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Ted Manchulenko says the suspect was spotted driving dangerously in downtown Penticton but an attempt by RCMP to cordon off the area to contain the driver failed and the suspect fled towards Okanagan Falls.

Keremeos RCMP tried to stop the suspect vehicle with a spiked belt, but the driver was able to avoid it.

A police helicopter took to the skies in an effort to safely observe the vehicle, which Manchulenko says was now being driven into the Apex Mountain area where the chase ended.

The suspect had become stuck in snow at a rural property on Apex. Police arrived and arrested the woman behind the wheel. They found a handgun, ammunition and disguises in the vehicle.

Jodi Kornelsen, 31, is in custody and is expected to appear in Penticton court on seven driving and weapons charges.

Manchulenko says Kornelsen is well known to police, has a lengthy criminal record and is known to frequent Kelowna and Calgary.

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