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West Kelowna man arrested after North Okanagan police chase

November 17, 2020 - 2:16 PM

A 43-year-old West Kelowna man was arrested and faces charges related to an alleged Nov. 13 car chase that required a co-ordinated effort of three RCMP detachments in the Shuswap and North Okanagan.

In a press release sent out by Const. Chris Terleski, RCMP said that on Friday, Nov. 13, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP responded to assist the Chase RCMP and Salmon RCMP detachments which were tracking a stolen vehicle into the Falkland area of the North Okanagan.

RCMP officers from the North Okanagan RCMP mobilized to intercept the vehicle, and at approximately 3 a.m., locating it driving on Highway 97 near Salmon River Road.

"Police took up positions along the highway and continued to trail the suspect who eventually turned onto a rural property in 4300 block of L and A Road in Spallumcheen," Terleski's release said.

"After abandoning the stolen truck, the suspect then stole a second vehicle from the location and continued his attempts to evade police. Once the second vehicle became disabled, the suspect fled on foot, where members of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP Police Dog Services continued the chase."

That's when the RCMP was able to catch up.

"Police canine Hawkes located a track and successfully honed in on the suspect who was found hiding in some brush in a nearby ravine." Terleski said. "The suspect was taken into custody with the assistance of our Police Dog Services."

Christopher Ryan Trethewey, 43, of West Kelowna was arrested and is charged with possession of stolen property, break and enter, theft of a motor vehicle, and two counts of breaching a release order.

He remains in custody at this time pending a future court appearance.

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