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Suspected mail thief rams police car, tries to escape on a kayak

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December 29, 2015 - 4:46 PM

SICAMOUS - A traffic stop on Old Spallumcheen Road led to a police cruiser being rammed twice and an RCMP dog unit tracking a man across Mara Lake Monday.

Around 2:30 am on Monday, Dec. 28, a Sicamous RCMP officer attempted to pull over the driver of pickup truck near Sicamous when the man put his vehicle in reverse and rammed the cruiser twice before speeding away.

The cruiser was disabled by the collision however officers from Salmon Arm and Kamloops Police Service Dog Team located the vehicle on the shore of Mara Lake. They found footprints and other signs that the man had paddled away by hand in a kayak.

“Officers did not have a visual on the man, however had to simply drive to the other side of the lake where the RCMP Police Dog picked up a set of tracks that were also quite visible to the human handler and officers in the fresh snow,” Cpl. Dan Moskaluk says in a release.

The fresh tracks led the officers to a residence where they located and arrested a 35-year-old male they allege broke into a garage.

“The male was suffering from hypothermia but uninjured otherwise as a result of his attempt to flee,” Moskaluk says.

Justin Daniels, 35, remains in custody and will appear in Salmon Arm court Jan. 19.

He has been charged with assaulting an officer with a weapon, dangerous operation of vehicle, flight from police, possession of break-in tools, break and enter, theft of the kayak, theft of mail, driving while prohibited and two breaches of probation.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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