RCMP vehicle rammed during incident

Incident began after alleged robbery at a Vernon grocery store

A Vernon RCMP officer sustained minor injuries after a police cruiser was rammed in Lake Country Wednesday.

Shortly before noon, the Vernon-North Okanagan detachment received a report from a loss prevention officer that they were following a truck near Vernon Jubilee Hospital with two people in it that had just shoplifted some items from Buy-Low Foods on 25th Avenue.

“Two officers from the Vernon detachment headed out looking for the suspect vehicle,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “While they were looking for the vehicle and occupants, they became aware that the Ford truck was reported stolen out of Kelowna.

“Our officer advised Lake Country members to be on the lookout for the suspect vehicle and they continued south.”

The stolen truck was located at Berry Road and Highway 97 with two people still in it. When the officers attempted to initiate a stop, the male driver rammed a patrol car in an attempt to flee.

One of the Vernon officers received a minor injury when his car was hit.

“The suspect driver received a minor glass cut from the window breaking during the apprehension,” said Molendyk.

The truck was towed to Vernon to conduct further investigation on it. Numerous items in the vehicle have been seized for evidence.  The stolen food products from Buy-Low foods were also recovered.

The two suspects, a 31-year-old Kelowna man with ties to Alberta, and a 21-year-old woman with a Grande Prairie address, were arrested for possession of stolen property, mischief and assault with a weapon.

The pair were remanded in custody and were expected to appear in court Thursday.