Charges have now been sworn against a man who allegedly drove recklessly around the city before trying to carjack cars on the Connector.
Donald Lyle Salahub, who is in his early 40s, is charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, flight from a police officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and two counts of theft over $5,000 in connection to the Thursday afternoon events.
The incident began rather innocuously, when members of the RCMP bike patrol say they spotted a man sleeping behind the steering wheel of a running pickup at Kerry Park on Thursday afternoon.
The man, police say, had a lit cigarette in his hand.
However, as police officers approached the Ford F250 to check on the man, a woman jumped in and woke the driver.
Police allege the truck took off at a high rate of speed and drove “recklessly” across the city.
The truck then crossed the Bennett Bridge and traveled through West Kelowna and onto Highway 97C. “In the interest of public safety, police officers made several attempts and used various options to stop the vehicle and apprehend the suspect,” said Const. Steve Holmes. “This includes the use of a spike belt, which the suspect managed to evade.”
While on the Connector, the truck began to have engine problems and the driver jumped out.
Police allege the man tried to carjack three vehicles and also tried to steal police vehicles before he was captured.
Salahub’s case was back before a justice of the peace at the Kelowna courthouse on Tuesday, as was the case of his female companion.
Katherine Julia McDowell, who is in her late 20s, is charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, two counts of assault and one count of uttering threats in connection with Thursday’s events.
Both remained in custody as of Tuesday morning.
The case is now being reviewed by Southeast District RCMP management to ensure local RCMP followed policy in their handling of the situation, police say.