KELOWNA, BC: RCMP have notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident which resulted in two people being taken to hospital earlier today.
Early this morning, on September 26th, West Kelowna RCMP attended an area near Lambly Lake, for a report of suspicious occurrence. The complainant reported that several people appeared to be working on vehicles. Subsequent queries found two of the licence plates associated to these vehicles returned as stolen.
RCMP located a woman and man allegedly attempting to flee the area, in a stolen pick up truck. A spike belt was deployed and with the assistance of an RCMP Police Dog, the man and woman were taken into custody and transported to the Kelowna RCMP Detachment.
The 24-year-old woman and the 32-year-old man both became unresponsive and in medical distress shortly after arrival around 10:00 a.m. at the Kelowna Detachment, where they were being processed for detention. Immediate medical assistance was provided and Emergency Health Services attended. The two were transported to a local area hospital by the BC Ambulance Service for further medical treatment.
The IIO BC is now investigating to determine whether police actions or inactions are linked to the medical distress of the two individuals. As the matter is now under investigation by the IIO BC, no further information will be released by police.
Written and released by BC RCMP.