WILLIAMS LAKE, BC: Just before 9 AM on October 25, Kamloops RCMP received a report of an erratic driver on Highway 1…
The caller reported another driver was allegedly crossing on double solid lines, unable to maintain their lane and traveling at variable speeds.
The Kamloops RCMP was not in a position to intercept the vehicle so information was broadcast to neighbouring jurisdictions to be on the look out for the silver pickup. Queries on the truck showed a recent stop in Kamloops and the person driving it had a firearm.
An officer in Clinton located the vehicle, however the driver failed to stop and fled from police at a high rate of speed, after reportedly passing four vehicles, on the wrong side of the road of a blind corner putting both himself and the public in an extremely dangerous and life threatening situation.
Again, the driver failed to stop for officers in 100 Mile House when officers attempted to pull him over over by using lights and sirens. The driver narrowly missed striking an officer, who was attempting to stop the truck in 150 Mile House.
Just outside of 150 Mile House an officer successfully deployed a spike belt, deflating two tires but the driver continued on the bare rims, until the truck was demobilized by another spike belt near White Road on Highway 97, in Williams Lake.
The driver then exited the vehicle and ran down an embankment, in an attempt to escape, and after a brief foot pursuit appeared to be surrendering. The man refused to comply with the officer’s commands to show his hands and a struggle ensued, with the officer attempting to pull the man’s hands from underneath him, in order to gain control and handcuff him.
A second responding officer, who was aware the man could be armed and was not complying with the initial officer’s commands, utilized several strikes including one with his foot to rapidly gain control of the suspect and resolve the situation. The suspect was arrested without further incident and was found not to be in possession of a firearm.
We are fortunate that no one, including the suspect, was physically injured in an incident that can only be described a reckless and dangerous, which put the public and police at risk.
Police encourage anyone who may have witnessed the incident or anyone with more information in regards to this incident to please contact Williams Lake RCMP at 250-392-6211.
Fortunately, there is video footage that was captured by a passing motorist as well as dash cam video from the lead pursuing police vehicle that captures the arrest of the driver that provides context to the eventual arrest and articulation from the police officers involved.
The driver has been arrested and remains in custody on seven outstanding warrants for offences including, dangerous driving, flight from police, prohibited driving, possession of stolen property and three counts of breach, he is scheduled to appear in court in Williams Lake today, on October 26th, 2020.
Williams Lake RCMP is leading the investigation into the newest allegations against the driver and will provide the fulsome findings, including the civilian video, to the BC Prosecution Service to make a determination of appropriate charges.