Erratic driver report leads Kelowna RCMP to theft suspect

Man allegedly grabbed cash from a teller as she received funds from a customer at a local bank.

A report of an erratic driver led police to a man who allegedly stole cash at a local bank.

Around 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, a man snatched cash out of the hands of a teller at a bank in the 2100-block of Harvey Avenue as she received the funds from a customer.

The man then bolted from the premises and took off in a grey Nissan, which witnesses recorded the licence plate of.

Then, approximately 90 minutes later, police were called about an erratic driver who had driven his Nissan onto the front lawn of a home in the 1200-block of Raymer Avenue.

“The driver was apprehended and it was found that he matched the description of the suspect in the bank’s surveillance video,” said Holmes.

The vehicle was also identical, Holmes alleged.

Officers also say they noted signs of alcohol impairment on the man and took him back to the RCMP detachment, where they allege he refused to provide proper breath samples.

Paul Hauschild, a 42-year-old Abbotsford resident, was charged with impaired driving, refuse to provide a breath sample, dangerous driving and theft under $5,000. He made his first court appearance on Thursday and remains in custody pending his next appearance on May 12.

Kelowna Capital News