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Crown Counsel approves charges in Okanagan chase

A number of charges relating to Tuesday's high-drama police chase have now been approved, says a crown spokesperson.

The three accused, Ashley Collins, 19, Shawn Adam Wysynski, 32, and Michael Edward Ellis, 39, will be charged jointly with three counts of attempted murder and one count of robbery using a fire arm, said Neil MacKenzie of the Crown's office.

Ellis and Wysynski  are each facing charges of failing to stop a vehicle when being pursued by a police officer and a charge of dangerous driving.

Charges should have been sworn by Friday morning, he said, noting the men involved will likely appear to have the charges read to them in the next week from Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre. Collins's time for a  appearance is undetermined as she's currently being treated in hospital for a gunshot wound.

MacKenzine also noted that further charges could be laid in the days ahead, but Okanagan Mounties are still investigating the chase that started just after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on Boucherie Road, and carried on for nearly 70 km, to Swan Lake in Vernon.

 

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