Cop car allegedly rammed as suspect attempts to evade police

A Kelowna man is facing a number of charges after allegedly trying to evade police.

Daniel James Mader, 30, was allegedly observed in an older model Chevy pickup being driven by a man known to be prohibited from driving, Dec. 4 shortly after 1 p.m., by plainclothes members of the Street Enforcement Teams

"When the driver pulled into a parking lot at the corner of Homer Road and Highway 33, police initiated a traffic stop using two unmarked police vehicles, boxing in the truck," said Const. Kris Clark.

"The driver rammed one of the police vehicles, narrowly missing several officers, and evaded capture by driving over a curb, through a hedge, through a fence, over a sidewalk and across four lanes of traffic onto Highway 33. The vehicle was found abandoned a short time later and was determined to have been stolen from Merritt earlier that day."

The investigation continued over the course of the following 48 hours and police tracked the suspect to a parking lot on Dilworth Drive at Leckie Court.

"A co-ordinated strategy to maximize public safety was engaged and police were able to safely affect an arrest on the suspect. The 30 year old Kelowna man was held in custody and appeared in court later that day.

Mader has been charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Disqualified, Flight From Police, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle, Possession of Stolen Property and two counts of Mischief. Mader remains in custody and is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 23.

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