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Suspected Kamloops thief nabbed after crashing stolen pickup

July 16, 2021 - 2:58 PM

A suspect is in custody awaiting a court appearance after a stolen pickup was involved in a collision in Kamloops yesterday afternoon.

Kamloops RCMP officers were called to a report of suspicious vehicles at around 1:16 p.m., July 15, in a parking garage in the 400 block of Lansdowne Street, according to a media release. A silver Saturn had no licence plate, while a white Ford F-150 pickup had a stolen licence plate.

RCMP tried to stop the stolen pickup and it reversed suddenly, just missing the cop car and took off at a high speed into oncoming traffic.

“Recognizing the dangers posed to the general public, the police and even the suspect, front line RCMP officers did not pursue the vehicle as it fled the area in an erratic manner,” Southeast District RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said in a media release.

“Moments later the Ford pickup truck was involved in a collision with a white Mazda sedan at the intersection of Columbia Street and 6 Avenue. The driver abandoned the stolen pickup truck and took off on foot.”

The damaged pick then rolled over a parked Harley-Davidson motorcycle and hit a fence before coming to rest. A suspect was arrested nearby.

The driver of the Mazda was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A 33-year-old Kamloops man, who is also a prohibited driver, faces a number of charges and was expected to appear in court today, July 16.

If you witnessed any portion of the collision, or the suspects apprehension and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

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