Officers led on chase through city

Vernon RCMP were led on a chase through a busy area Sunday.

At about 12:30 p.m., officers attempted to check a Chevy Cavalier at 32nd Street and 43rd Avenue, but the vehicle sped off and went through the Best Western Vernon Lodge parking lot and out on to 33rd Street near the Vernon Performing Arts Centre.

“A witness told our officers at one point the vehicle drove on the sidewalk near the recreation complex,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

Other witnesses helped direct officers to where the vehicle was last seen on 34th Street.

Three male suspects were located and arrested after fleeing the vehicle while a female passenger was not found.

The 26-year-old Vernon man driving the car is expected to face charges of dangerous driving, flight from police, breach of a conditional sentence order from Nanaimo, and a driving prohibition from 100 Mile House.

He was expected to appear in court Monday.

Hummer recovered

A stolen vehicle has been found thanks to the help of a conscientious resident.

A resident called the RCMP after he was approached by a black Hummer on Noble Canyon Road in Coldstream April 4. The occupants of the vehicle asked him for a good location to go off-roading.

“The man provided the police with the plate number for the vehicle,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson, adding that it was determined the vehicle had been stolen from Armstrong April 3.

Officers converged on Noble Canyon and four people were taken into custody.

The 25-year-old Vernon man driving the Hummer is expected to face charges of possession of stolen property.

As for the passengers in the vehicle, Molendyk says, “It appears he (driver) invited the others to go four-by-fouring.”


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