Investigation underway into stolen vehicle crash in West Kelowna

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RCMP are continuing to investigate after a stolen vehicle that failed to stop for police in the Smith Creek area crashed at the north end of Carrington Road.

On August 14, 2019 at approximately 12:30 p.m., West Kelowna RCMP received information of a stolen vehicle, reportedly stolen earlier this morning in Kelowna, was being driven towards the Smith Creek area. Front line RCMP officers attempted to stop the stolen white Chevrolet Malibu, which fled towards downtown West Kelowna along Elliott Road.

“Due to concerns of public and police safety, officers called off the pursuit of the stolen sedan, which was being driven in a dangerous manner,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the Kelowna Regional RCMP. “A short time later, police located their suspect vehicle, which had been involved in a collision with an electrical transformer at the north end of Carrington Road.”

Both the police helicopter and fixed wing air-craft of Kelowna RCMP Air Services section circled at different altitudes above, while a police canine team launched a search for the suspects on the ground.

The West Kelowna Fire Department were called to the collision scene to suppress a blaze that sparked as a result of the collision and spread to nearby grass.

“After an exhaustive search by our canine team, a 25-year-old Kelowna man was taken into police custody within our area of containment,” said Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net