Spike belt stops pickup

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP used a spike belt to stop a suspected stolen vehicle Wednesday night

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP used a spike belt to stop a suspected stolen vehicle Wednesday night.

At about 8 p.m., an officer was on patrol on Old Kamloops Road and observed a Toyota Tundra that had been reported stolen Tuesday from the Coldstream area.

“Police followed the vehicle from a distance as it travelled out of town on Old Kamloops Road,” said Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy, adding that the vehicle went south on Westside Road and then turned on to Bouleau Lake Rd.

“Officers successfully deployed a spike belt after attempting to stop the vehicle, but the vehicle continued driving,” said Noseworthy.

“A second spike belt was successfully deployed. Despite all four tired being deflated, the driver continued to attempt to operate the vehicle at a slow rate of speed. Eventually, the driver, and lone occupant, stopped the truck and was arrested without incident.”

Ross Campbell, 27, of Vernon, appeared in court Thursday and he has been charged with possession of stolen property more than $5,000, possession of break-in instruments, flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

He has been remanded into custody and his next court date is Feb. 17.