Suspects arrested on Kelowna bridge expected to plead guilty

The eastbound lanes of the William R. Bennett bridge in Kelowna wee closed for a police incident, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.
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KELOWNA – The two men arrested on the Kelowna floating bridge after a high-speed chase from Penticton to Kelowna are scheduled to plead guilty to the majority of their charges.

There is still no indication why police first stopped Michael Dennison, 25, and Ryan Regan, 33, in a stolen 1998 Oldsmobile Aurora worth $400 but on Monday, March 6 they appeared in court and scheduled a date later this month to enter guilty pleas.

They were arrested shortly before 11 a.m. Jan. 12 when Kelowna police blocked part of the William R. Bennett Bridge. A media release from Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said the men were first pulled over in Penticton earlier that morning but fled the scene.

Regan first appeared in Kelowna court with a noticeable limp and was charged with dangerous driving, evading police, two counts of hit and run, mischief to a police vehicle and assault with a weapon.

Dennison was initially charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving while prohibited and breach of probation.

Ryan Regan was arrested Jan. 12, 2017 after police chased him and one other man from Penticton to Kelowna.
Ryan Regan was arrested Jan. 12, 2017 after police chased him and one other man from Penticton to Kelowna.
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Court documents show both men will in fact enter guilty pleas to possession of stolen property under $5,000, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and flight from peace officer.

Regan will also plead guilty to failure to stop at accident with a vehicle and assault with a weapon and Dennison to operating a motor vehicle while disqualified and breach of probation.

The men attempted to get released on bail the day after their arrests however Judge Robin Smith denied the application while search warrants were executed and new charges investigated.

No new charges have been added and all charges are alleged to have happened Jan. 12, 2017.

Dennison spent more than three months in jail starting in September 2016 for theft of a motor vehicle and dangerous operation of a vehicle and has two convictions for possession of stolen property over $5,000.

Regan’s criminal record includes numerous charges of possession of stolen property over $5,000, trafficking, break and enter and flight from police.

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