Tense arrest in Kelowna of suspect in stolen vehicle

Police pull over stolen Hummer on Asher Road in Rutland in what has been termed 'a high risk traffic stop.'

  • Jan. 20, 2015 6:00 p.m.

A 32-year-old Kelowna man is facing potential charges after a stolen vehicle was stopped and the driver arrested Monday morning.

On Sunday at 1:25 p.m., the Kelowna RCMP received a report of a stolen vehicle from a residence on the 1200 block of Loseth Drive.

A gold 2003 Hummer had apparently been stolen from the driveway some time in the preceding three days.

Then on Monday while investigating a report of a disturbance on the 700 block of Hollydell Road, police learned that the suspect was driving a gold Hummer which was believed to be stolen.

Responding officers subsequently located the stolen vehicle eastbound on Highway 33 West and initiated a high-risk traffic stop on Asher Road.

The driver was taken into custody without incident.

A search of the vehicle incidental to the driver’s arrest resulted in the discovery of stolen property from an unreported theft that had occurred earlier that day at Target, located at 1876 Cooper Rd.

A 32-year-old Kelowna man faces possible charges of theft and possession of stolen property. He was released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.

The investigation is ongoing. The arrest occurred in the wake of a shooting of an Edmonton RCMP auxiliary officer outside a casino after he and another RCMP constable were confronting a suspect about a stolen vehicle.

The suspect was later found dead in an unoccupied rural home east of St. Alberta, an adjacent community to the City of Edmonton. The constable was also shot but he has since been released from hospital while the auxiliary officer is listed in grave condition and not expected to live.

A 32-year-old Kelowna man faces possible charges of theft and possession of stolen property. He was released on a promise to appear in court at a later date.

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