Stolen Ontario car found in Vernon

A West Kelowna man was caught behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle out of Ontario, during a routine traffic stop in Vernon.

Vernon officers were doing speed enforcement Friday at 9 p.m. at 17th Avenue and 32nd Street when they stopped a Nissan Titan truck with a repair plate on it.

“The driver, identified as a 34-year-old man from West Kelowna, told officers he had brought the vehicle from Alberta as he was going to do some work on it, and provided an Ontario registratio document,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

Police then checked the vehicle identification  number on the truck and it came back as reportes stolen out of Ottawa on April 26.

The driver and his girlfriend, also 34 from Kelowna, were detained while police conducted their investigation.

“Ottawa confirmed the truck was stolen so it was towed in, and in a search of the truck, a bag of cocaine was located in the woman’s purse,” said Molendyk.

Both suspects were taken into custody, then released on a promise to appear in Vernon Provincial Court Aug. 2.

The man is also facing a breach of condition charge as he was found to be in possession of a cell phone, a condition he was prohibited from resulting from a previous matter.

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