A woman wanted in connection to a stolen vehicle being driven away from police while crashing into other vehicles in a North Kamloops parking lot has been arrested.
Kamloops RCMP Sascha Fesenko said public tips via media stories led to the woman’s arrest on Friday night (Dec. 6) in Chilliwack. She is expected to appear in court on Saturday.
Police had been searching for the woman since about 12:30 p.m. on Friday, when the driver of a stolen white SUV-type vehicle eluded police in a daring escape from a gas station parking lot in North Kamloops that involved damage to multiple vehicles.
RCMP plainclothes officers came across the vehicle, previously reported stolen from Surrey, while conducting an unrelated investigation in the 200-block of Tranquille Road. Officers attempted to open the doors of the vehicle in 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.
Social media reports from witnesses noted the woman was seen running along Hillside Drive, flagging down vehicles while checking her phone. One witness said a vehicle drove by, pulled a U-turn and picked her up.
Below is video of the dramatic incident, shot by Facebook user Travis Jabs.
Warning: The video contains profane language: