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Arrest made after crash

An arrest was made after a collision in Vernon.

An arrest was made after a collision in Vernon.

On Monday at 8:13 a.m., Lumby RCMP received a report of a grey 2003 Ford F250 pickup being stolen overnight,. That was then followed by a second call at 10:30 a.m. that the vehicle had been located and was stopped near highways 97 and 97A in Vernon.

“Officers attended the location and boxed the truck in with two marked police vehicles in efforts to stop it from driving away,” said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk.

“At that moment, the driver pushed the lead police car out of the way and fled northwest. The second involved officer made an attempt to stop the stolen truck, however, quickly noted that the driver was not going to stop and disengaged his attempts to stop it.”

The officer eventually lost sight of the suspect from his parked vantage point at roadside. An unmarked police dog service vehicle was in the area and located the truck on Highway 97 heading southeast.

As the police service dog officer merged on to the highway, he located a collision scene which involved the stolen truck.

“The suspect from the stolen truck was found to have exited the truck and was attempting to steal a vehicle that had stopped at the scene,” said Moskaluk.

“The male driver of this second vehicle, who was a retired RCMP member, was able to subdue the suspect until the police service officer arrived and arrested the male.”

The truck apparently attempted to make a U-turn across the four-lane highway and hit the other vehicle.

A 26-year-old man was taken into custody and appeared in court Tuesday.