Spike belt and police plane called in to stop speeding vehicle in Lake Country

Spike belt and police plane called in to stop speeding vehicle in Lake Country

Both Vernon and Lake Country RCMP attended the incident

Lake Country RCMP were forced to use a spike belt and call in a police fixed wing plane on Tuesday to stop a vehicle that failed to pull over for officers.

About 1:30 p.m., Vernon RCMP asked Lake Country officers to assist them in searching for a suspect vehicle that was last seen headed south.

Police spotted what they spotted what they believed to be the suspect vehicle, a black Honda Prelude.

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According to Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, the vehicle turned out to not be the original suspect vehicle from Vernon, however, it was witnessed driving at high rates of speed and in a dangerous manner in the Carr’s Landing area.

At this time, police called in the RCMP aircraft to monitor the Honda’s movements from above.

“No matter which way he turned, the suspect found himself driving towards police who were already in the area. A spike belt deployed by a member of the Lake Country RCMP, along Barkley Road, effectively disabled the vehicle,” said O’Donaghey.

“The driver and an unidentified passenger eventually ditched the vehicle and fled on foot.”

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The suspect was located by police and taken into custody, but the unidentified passenger remains outstanding as police continue to investigate.

A 31-year-old Kelowna man faces potential criminal charges and remains in police custody at this time.

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