Police say a man spotted by police behind the wheel of a stolen truck ran from the vehicle after it was involved in a crash in downtown Kamloops.
Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said Kamloops Mounties were initially called to the underground parkade at Lansdowne Village shopping centre at 1:16 p.m. on Thursday, July 15, to investigate a report of two suspicious vehicles — a silver Saturn sedan with no licence plates and a white Ford F-250 pickup truck with licence plates that had been reported stolen the day before.
O’Donaghey said an officer responded to the location and attempted to conduct a traffic stop with the stolen pickup truck.
“The stolen vehicle reversed suddenly, nearly striking the police vehicle, and fled the area at a high rate of speed and into the oncoming lanes,” O’Donaghey said.
“Recognizing the dangers posed to the general public, the police and even the suspect, frontline RCMP officers did not pursue the vehicle as it fled the area in an erratic manner.”
Moments later, the pickup truck was involved in a collision with a white Mazda sedan at the intersection of Columbia Street and Sixth Avenue.
O’Donaghey said the driver abandoned the stolen pickup truck and ran away, with the truck rolling over a parked Harley-Davidson motorcycle and damaging a fence.
The suspect was arrested nearby.
O’Donaghey said the driver of the Mazda was taken to hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect, a 33-year-old Kamloops man, was held in police custody and was expected to appear in court on Friday.
O’Donaghey said he is a prohibited driver who was allegedly in breach of his probation. He faces a number of potential new charges.
Witnesses to the collision and/or arrest are asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.