Man busted after swimming away from Kamloops Mounties
A 24-year-old Vernon man is in custody in the Tournament Capital after leading Kamloops Mounties on a wild chase — including a swim across the South Thompson River — last night (April 12).
Dylan Wayne Johnson was arrested just before midnight after he was found hiding inside a business on Athabasca Way in the Mount Paul Industrial Park, according to police.
More than an hour earlier, an officer making patrols in downtown Kamloops had attempted to pull over a vehicle.
The suspect is alleged to have fled on foot, running through Riverside Park and along the river past Interior Savings Centre.
A police-dog unit was unable to track him down.
Eventually, Mounties received a call from a security guard on Athabasca Way, who found a man who had broken into a business.
Officers went to the business and found the suspect from Riverside Park — soaking wet from having swam across the river.
RCMP said the suspect is well-known to police.
Johnson has been charged with one count each of flight from police, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving while prohibited and driving while suspended.
He is in custody and expected to appear in Kamloops provincial court later today.