A collision in North Kamloops on Friday afternoon (Aug. 5) that resulted in a taxi on its roof and another car damaged was the result of a carjacking of the Kami Cabs vehicle.
Kamloops RCMP said it received a report at 2:47 p.m. about a robbery with a weapon, in which a cab driver was threatened and had their taxi stolen on Fortune Drive.
Insp. Jeff Pelley said police immediately responded and found the suspect in the cab in the area. He said officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver fled at a high rate of speed. The stolen taxi was then involved in collisions with two other vehicles near Fortune Drive and Sydney Avenue — in front of Northills Centre — with the cab ending up on its roof.
The suspect fled the area on foot, but was quickly arrested.
Pelley said the suspect is being held in custody for a bail hearing, with police recommending charges of robbery, flight from police, dangerous driving and failing to remain at the scene of a collision.
“This iwas very brazen and dangerous situation in a highly populated area of the city putting the public at extreme risk,” Pelley said.
Anybody with information, including video of the incident, is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.