Kamloops Mounties are searching for the woman behind the wheel of a white SUV that eluded police in a daring escape from a gas station parking lot in North Kamloops that involved damage to multiple vehicles.
At about 12:30 p.m. on Friday, RCMP plainclothes officers came across a vehicle, previously reported stolen from Surrey, while conducting an unrelated investigation in the 200-block of Tranquille Road.
Officers attempted to arrest the female driver from the parking lot between the Canco Petroleum gas station and Mr. Lube, but she drove off, ramming her vehicle through a number of parked vehicles in the process.
Video of the escape has appeared on social media.
In it, one officer can be seen attempting to break the window of the vehicle as it reverses into a dumpster and at least one car. Two officers can be seen with pistols drawn.
The vehicle sped away with a missing front bumper and a mirror hanging off its side.
“As the female made her escape, she drove through Kamloops with a seriously damaged vehicle, causing many people to report her vehicle and her location to police,” Staff Sgt. Martin Van Laer said.
Officers eventually caught up to the stolen vehicle, abandoned in the Canadian Tire parking lot at 1441 Hillside Drive in Dufferin.
According to police, the female suspect escaped on foot and has not yet been found by police.
RCMP are now appealing to the public for help in identifying the woman.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-282-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Below is video of the dramatic incident, shot by Facebook user Travis Jabs.
Warning: The video contains profane language: