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Chase leads to charges

Court records show charges have now been sworn against one of two men arrested after running from police during a traffic stop on Thursday.

Police say an officer had just finished working in a school zone on Ziprick Road around 3 p.m. when he attempted to stop a grey BMW on Highway 33 near Homer Road.

Const. Steve Holmes said the vehicle quickly turned onto Taylor Road and then sped up to almost 100 kilometres per hour on nearby Terai Court.

Two men then jumped out of the vehicle and ran down a pedestrian walkway that leads back to Ziprick Road near Springvalley Middle and Elementary schools, where students had recently been dismissed from classes for the day.

The officer managed to apprehend one of the men near the school, while the other continued to run and hid as other officers converged on the area, Holmes said. The second man was eventually located, with the help of a police service dog, as he was about to get into a cab he apparently called from his cell phone.

Both men are from Kelowna and are 18 years old.

Police say they searched the vehicle the men were in and allegedly found a small amount of marijuana and related drug paraphernalia. The car has since been impounded for seven days due to the dangerous driving.

Both men were expected to appear in court on Friday.

As of press deadline, court records only showed charges against one of the men—Daniel Resham Bhatti. He’s been charged with possession of a controlled substance and obstructing police and has been released on $1,500 bail. He’s set to make his next court appearance March 1. 

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