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Truck thief's hopes dashed by crash

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January 14, 2014 - 8:19 AM

VERNON - A 34-year-old man from Hope, allegedly fleeing in a truck stolen in Kamloops, crashed into a tree while being intercepted by Vernon RCMP Sunday.

At 7 a.m. January 12 Kamloops RCMP told Vernon rural members the stolen white Ford F 250 being tracked by GPS might be heading their way. Mounties prepared to identify and stop the truck on highway 97, setting up at various points along the expected route. Information from GPS indicated the truck was coming at a speed of 130 km/h.

Once police identified the truck it was allowed to pass and was followed at a distance to keep police out of sight of the driver and passenger. Verification was called ahead to officers waiting in an umnarked vehicle at another point inside Vernon city limits, who continued tracking the truck as it approached the area set up for the arrests.

Once the driver moved into the hot zone he attempted to evade arrest, causing minor damage by swerving into a police car. This action resulted in the truck moving onto the shoulder of the road where the driver lost control and slammed into a tree.

A police service dog was used to assist in the arrest of the driver who went into custody without incident, while the 33-year-old woman from Chilliwack had to be chased down by one of the officers. Both were arrested and taken into custody in the area of 36 Avenue and 36 Street.

Nobody was injured and there was minor damage to the truck and police vehicle.

Police say there was minimal risk to the public in handling this arrest.

Both suspects face multiple potential charges. The man is currently on parole and was remanded in custody to appear in court today while the woman has been released on a promise to appear.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at, call 250-309-5230 or tweet @charhelston.

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