Kelowna B&E suspect flees on bike, collides with cop car

Kelowna RCMP say they are investigating after a fleeing suspect collided with a police cruiser Friday morning in the city's downtown North End.

RCMP ConstKris Clark said shortly after 9:30 am, police received a report of a man breaking into vehicles in the underground parking of an apartment building on the 1000-block of Manhattan Drive.

The man fled the scene on a bicycle but was followed from the air by the RCMP's helicopter.

The suspect navigated through various alleys in an attempt to evade police but his flight ended when he struck the front right side of a police car near the intersection of Cawston Avenue and Graham Street.

The police car was moving at the time, said Clark, slowing to stop.

A 28-year-old Kelowna man was taken to hospital but appeared to have suffered no major injuries.

The suspect was found to be wanted on an outstanding warrant for arrest for a breach of anundertaking.

Three vehicles were found to be damaged in the underground parking of the apartment building and police recovered property believed to have been stolen from them, said Clark in a news release issued Friday afternoon.

An RCMP collision reconstructionist was called in to analyse the scene where the bycyle and police cruiser collided and an investigation is ongoing.

The 28-year-old Kelowna man faces potential charges of theft, mischief, possession of break-in instruments and possession of stolen property.

He was to be held in custody to appear on his outstanding charge.


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