Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP are investigating a single-vehicle crash involving a dump truck that spilled its load in the 9600 block of Eastside Road Tuesday morning just after 11. The roadway has been reduced to single-lane traffic as the matter is investigated and cleaned up. (Jennifer Blake - Morning Star)

Stolen dump truck crashed, shirtless man arrested at Vernon golf course

Happened just after 11 a.m. Tuesday in the 9600 block of Eastside Road in Okanagan Landing

You don’t expect to have to watch for a shirtless man running through your back swing at a golf course, but patrons of Predator Ridge Golf Resort were forced to call ‘fore’ Wednesday as a male suspect interrupted their golf game in an attempt to evade police.

The Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report of a theft of vehicle in progress located in the 9500 block of Eastside Road on May 15, just after 10 a.m. While en-route to the area, front line officers were advised a suspect male had allegedly stolen a dump truck full of gravel and was driving at a high rate of speed. A short distance later, the driver lost control of the truck which flipped onto its side, losing its load of gravel, causing a portion of the road to be blocked.

“Prior to police arrival, witnesses advised the male suspect fled the area up a steep embankment toward the Predator Ridge Golf Course,” says RCMP Const. Kelly Brett. “Due to the thick forest like terrain, the RCMP Air Services Unit and the Police Service Dog were deployed to the area. The RCMP fixed wing plane responded and located the suspect male running through the 10th hole of the golf course, where he eventually grounded himself in an effort to hide from police.”

See also: Truck crashed and dumped near Predator Ridge

Front line officers used golf carts to access the area and located the suspect. The RCMP credits the staff of Predator Ridge Golf Resort for their quick thinking and clear directions which allowed police to safely take the male into custody.

A 42-year-old male, from Hudson Hope, remains in custody and faces possible charges of theft of motor vehicle.

See also: Arrest made in off-road Vernon park detour



roger@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

‘Fuel Good Day’ pumps funds for local causes in the Okanagan

10 cents of every litre pumped at the Regional Co-ops on Tuesday was donated to non-profits

16 pot shops green-lighted by Vernon politicians

More recreational cannabis stores could be sprouting in town soon

Fines urged for owners who let their Vernon property go to ‘Sh**sville’

In dealing with former Legion building, city looking at options

Vernon race organizer head-butted by homeless man won’t be stopped

Man arrested after allegedly stealing race flags, assaulting woman in Kalamalka Lake park

Candidates forum scheduled for Vernon

Meet your candidates and ask your questions on Oct. 8

‘I shouldn’t have done it,’ Trudeau says of brownface photo

Trudeau says he also wore makeup while performing a version of a Harry Belafonte song

LETTER: Drug addicts, alcoholism, ‘it can happen to any family’

One mother says drugs, alcohol use is a choice… a difficult one

Penticton man with multiple driving infractions loses appeal on ‘harsh’ sentence

Driver has been convicted multiple times, including for criminal negligence causing death

B.C. ‘tent city’ disputes spark call for local government autonomy

UBCM backs Maple Ridge after province overrules city

WHL action returns to Okanagan, Rockets GM anxious for season’s start

Big off-season changes, the Memorial Cup; it’s all coming together for Bruce Hamilton

B.C. drug dealers arrested after traffic stop near Banff turns into helicopter pursuit

Antonio Nolasco-Padia, 23, and Dina Anthony, 55, both well-known to Chilliwack law enforcement

Lake Country aims to find happy-medium in Airport Inn shutdown

Airport Inn residents will have until Oct. 5. to find a new home unless an appeal is approved

Okanagan resident recalls recovery journey after heart attack

Gerry Bakker shares his experience after his heart attack 16 years ago at the age of 48

Most Read