A marked Vernon RCMP cruiser had to take evasive action from being hit in a residential neighbourhood by a suspicious vehicle Monday morning.
At around 3:35 a.m., Vernon officers noticed a vehicle in the area of 29th Street and 30th Avenue, and thought it was suspicious that the driver was making deliberate lane changes in front of the RCMP vehicle.
An officer attempted to pull over the dark-coloured Honda in the area of 27th Street and 39th Avenue.
“The Honda did not stop,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “It took off at a high rate of speed.”
Officers did not initiate a pursuit, but a second officer in the area of 41st Avenue and 20th Street heard about the car taking off and began to look for it and found it.
“The driver of the suspect vehicle drove directly at our officer in a marked police vehicle,” said Molendy. “Our officer had to take evasive action to avoid being hit. At the last moment, the suspect driver swerved.”
This was the second encounter with the Honda, which has not been seen since.
The decision not to pursue the suspect vehicle through a residential area was made by police.
“When you’re in a residential area, it’s up to the officers,” said Molendyk. “Had it been out on a highway, maybe, where there was less traffic, it could have been different.
“Our officers felt it wasn’t safe so did not initiate a pursuit, mainly because they didn’t know what they were dealing with. It was just a suspicious vehicle. It doesn’t warrant getting into a pursuit where, in fact, an accident could occur.”
Officers are following up on the file as they have a possible license plate for the vehicle.