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KELOWNA, BC: A two vehicle collision at a busy Kelowna intersection triggered a search for a heavily damaged suspect vehicle that reportedly failed to remain at the scene of the crash…
On January 4, 2018 just after 12 noon, a general duty officer came across a collision that appeared to have just occurred which left a blue Honda Pilot SUV disabled in the intersection and partially blocking the westbound lanes of Highway 97 at Dilworth Drive. The officer assessed the lone occupant of the SUV for any injuries and quickly learned that a second vehicle involved in the crash had fled south towards Springfield Road.
The driver of the Honda Pilot, a 38 year-old Kelowna woman, sustained non-life threatening injuries in the crash was assessed medically and released at the scene by paramedics with BC Ambulance Service.
Several officers flooded the area in search of the suspect vehicle, which had been described as a grey Mazda MPV minivan. Suspicious vehicle reports poured in to police from the public and motorists provided police with sightings of the suspect vehicle, which had sustained significant front end damage and was seen smoking from under the hood.
The Kelowna RCMP Air Services Section was engaged and responded to the area to assist in the search. In the end, it was ultimately another general duty officer who spotted the vehicle in the vicinity of the east end of Lawrence Avenue.
A 45 year-old Kelowna man, well known to the RCMP, was arrested. He remains in police custody at this time and faces several potential charges.
Further investigation revealed that the grey Mazda MPV minivan had been reported to RCMP in Kelowna as stolen on January 3 from a location in the 2400 block of Highway 97. The vehicle had been left idling and unattended momentarily when it was taken.
The stolen vehicle has been seized by investigators and remains part of an ongoing investigation.
If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to contact Cst. Carl Stene of the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.
Written and released by Kelowna RCMP with edits by PJXM News due to inaccuracies.