Black Press Files Police were on scene as soon as 7:05 p.m. to respond to a multi-vehicle crash involving a sheriff’s van.

Warrant issued by Penticton RCMP for alleged vehicle thief

Penticton man was arrested and released for allegedly stealing a vehicle

A Penticton man arrested and released for allegedly stealing a vehicle now has a warrant out for his arrest.

Const. James Grandy said John Bourassa, 39, appeared in Penticton provincial court on Dec. 17 facing a number of charges, including assaulting two police officers during his attempt to flee.

On Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. a vehicle was stolen from Kelowna and spotted in Penticton by a witness who knew the owner of the vehicle. According to RCMP, surveillance was conducted in the 600-block of Braid Street.

Related: Stolen Kelowna vehicle located in Penticton, driver facing numerous charges

As officers attempted to block the vehicle in and stop the suspect from fleeing, the driver rammed his way out and drove into a fence.

“Officers had to jump out of the way as the driver then reversed and smashed into another fence, narrowly missing another police vehicle and officer,” said Grandy in the original news release.

Bourassa was arrested and released on bail with a number of conditions, including a nightly curfew. Grandy said Bourassa provided a Penticton address.

“Of note, officers with the Targeted Enforcement Unit conducted a curfew check of Bourassa, who was already found to be breaching his curfew,” said Grandy in a news release.

Bourassa now has a warrant out for his arrest. He is already facing two counts of assaulting a peace officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and wilfully obstruction a peace officer based on the Dec. 11 incident.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

COVID-19 exposure alert at Cactus Club in downtown Kelowna

Interior Health also reported another three cases of COVID-19 tied to Kelowna, bringing the total to 161

Kelowna’s Fall Activity Guide now available online

COVID-19 guidelines and safety protocols will be in place at all times to ensure the health and safety of all participants

Wildfire sparked at Stuart Creek near Westside Road

An air tanker has been requested, according to BC Wildfire

UPDATE: House fire spreads to bush off Westside

Small blaze burning near Vernon in Six Mile area

Petition calls on Central Okanagan School District to make masks mandatory

“If masks do not become mandatory in schools, children will get sick” - Sorsha Perry

Canucks ride momentum into NHL playoff series against defending Stanley Cup champs

PREVIEW: Vancouver opens against St. Louis on Wednesday

COVID-19 outbreak at South Okanagan farm declared over

There continues to be other community exposure events in the Interior Health region

Man, 54, charged in connection with fatal attack of Red Deer doctor

Doctor was killed in his walk-in clinic on Monday

One dead as fish boat sinks off southern Vancouver Island

Shawnigan Lake-registered Arctic Fox II went down off Cape Flattery, west of Victoria

Landlord takes front door, windows after single B.C. mom late with rent

Maple Ridge mom gets help from community generosity and government

VIDEO: Revelstoke rallies to save snared eagle

Local climber scales tree to save the raptor

42 more people test positive for COVID-19 in B.C.

The province has recorded no new deaths in recent days

Joe Biden selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate

Harris and Biden plan to deliver remarks Wednesday in Wilmington

Most Read