Young women flee police

Two women are facing a variety of charges in connection with an incident that began with a report of fraud and ended with Vernon RCMP deploying a spike belt in Okanagan Landing.

RCMP received a report of a woman attempting to use fraudulent credit cards at the Vernon London Drugs Saturday at around 7:40 p.m.

“Our officer located the suspect vehicle in the parking lot of London Drugs,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “When the officer approached the driver to tell her why she was being stopped, the driver fled.”

The officer, when reaching for the door of the car, was struck by the vehicle as it left the scene. The officer was not injured.

The vehicle was located in Okanagan Landing on Eastside Road after police received a report from a concerned citizen about an erratic driver.

Police headed to the scene and laid out a spike belt along Eastside Road. As the vehicle was returning towards Vernon, it drove over the belt and ended up in a ditch.

The two female occupants of the vehicle suffered minor injuries, but were arrested and taken into custody.

The driver, 26, from Coquitlam, is facing charges of fraud, assaulting a peace officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and flight from a police officer.

The passenger, 15, from Vancouver, is facing charges of fraud and impersonation.

Both were slated to appear in Vernon Provincial Court on Monday.