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Wanted Penticton man rams police cruiser in attempt to escape

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May 04, 2017 - 2:59 PM

PENTICTON - A wanted man was spotted and caught in Penticton yesterday after trying to flee police.

A suspect with four outstanding warrants, was spotted driving an unlicensed car down Rosetown Avenue by police yesterday, May 3, according to an RCMP media release. The officer followed in an unmarked car until the suspect parked and the officer blocked his vehicle.

RCMP say the suspect reversed into the police cruiser, trying to escape by ramming his way out of the situation. A second police car arrived to assist in blocking in the suspect vehicle.

At this point the suspect decided to make a run for it, leaving his car and taking off on foot thorough backyards in the Huth Avenue and Nesbitt Crescent area.

RCMP contained the area and were able to locate and arrest Paul.

"This was a great team effort, once again, by all of our police officers on duty,” Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says in the release. "Thankfully no police officers or members of our community were hurt during this completely reckless act.”

When police searched the suspect vehicle they found brass knuckles and drug paraphernalia.

RCMP are recommending numerous charges against Penticton resident Virgil Paul, 40, including assault against two officers.

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