An off-duty Mountie visiting the Interior from the Lower Mainland jumped into action on Wednesday, helping to apprehend a suspected car thief.
The staff sergeant from the Burnaby RCMP detachment was at an Ashcroft gas station when a man jumped into an idling Kia Rio and drove away, up Highway 97 toward Clinton
RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said the off-duty officer followed the freshly stolen vehicle and gave updates to police dispatchers operating out of the Kelowna operational communications centre, who relayed that information to responding officers.
O’Donaghey said the vehicle was being driven in a dangerous manner, at times crossing into oncoming traffic.
The vehicle was stopped after Clinton Mounties deployed a spike belt. The suspect, a 34-year-old Williams Lake man, was arrested.
He is slated to appear in court on April 30.
Ashcroft is 94 kilometres west of Kamloops on Highway 1.