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Mounties after Kelowna hit and run suspect

The Kelowna RCMP is looking for a suspect after an SUV was involved in a hit and run before fleeing from police early Thursday morning.

At around 2:30 a.m., May 1,  police were investigating a complaint of threats on Bernard Avenue at Water Street when a vehicle could be heard revving its engine followed by crunching noises.

"A police officer saw a dark-coloured SUV up on the side walk and heard bystanders shouting at the driver to stop," said Const. Kris Clark.

"The two male suspects in the threats complaint had apparently gotten into a black Nissan Pathfinder which struck a pair of parked vehicles as it drove away from the area. The officer was able to locate the vehicle near Gordon Drive but it sped off when police activated their emergency equipment."

Police were quickly forced to discontinue the pursuit due to the danger to public safety but later located the Pathfinder on Bernard Avenue at Ethel Street where it had crashed into two other vehicles, said Clark.

"The passenger, a 25-year-old Kelowna man, was found about a block away, suffering from non-life threatening injuries consistent with the crash. A Police Service Dog initiated a track of the suspect driver but he could not be located," said Clark.

The passenger has since been released without charges pending further investigation.

A 37-year-old Kamloops man faces a number of potential charges including Flight from Police, Fail to Remain, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Assault with a Weapon. He currently remains at large.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP, Const. Joyce, at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

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