RCMP 'Swing’ Into Action as Suspect Attempts to Evade Police at Local Golf Course

On May 15th, just after 10am, the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP received a report of a theft of vehicle in progress located in the 9500 block of Eastide Road, Vernon BC. While en-route to the area, front line officers were advised a suspect male had allegedly stolen a dump truck full of gravel and was driving at a high rate of speed. A short distance later, the driver lost control of the truck which flipped onto its side, losing its load of gravel, causing a portion of the road to be blocked.

Prior to police arrival, witnesses advised the male suspect fled the area up a steep embankment toward the Predator Ridge Golf Course, says RCMP Cst. Kelly Brett. Due to the thick forest like terrain, the RCMP Air Services Unit and the Police Service Dog were deployed to the area. The RCMP fixed wing plane responded and located the suspect male running through the 10th hole of the golf course, where he eventually grounded himself in an effort to hide from police.

Front line officers used golf carts to access the area and located the suspect. The RCMP credits the staff of Predator Ridge Golf Resort for their quick thinking and clear directions which allowed police to safely take the male into custody.

A 42 year old male, from Hudson Hope BC, remains in custody and faces possible charges of theft of motor vehicle.