Spike belt deployed after vehicle fails to stop for police in Shuswap

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On November 9, 2020 at 12:16 a.m., a member of the public contacted Chase RCMP with concerns after they observed a new Ford F350 pickup truck being driven in an erratic manner and unable to maintain its lane.

At 12:42 a.m., a front line Salmon Arm RCMP officer spotted the pickup truck near Sunnybrae Canoe Point Road in Tappen BC, and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver of the white Ford F350 failed to stop for police, fled at a high rate of speed and continued eastbound along the Trans-Canada Highway.

At approximately 1:30 a.m., Revelstoke RCMP officers were notified that the suspect vehicle was entering their area of jurisdiction.

“Taking a number of factors into consideration, and with the support of a front line officer from Sicamous RCMP, police attempted once again to perform a traffic stop with the truck,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesman for the BC RCMP in the Southeast District. “A tire deflation device was successfully deployed after the suspect refused to stop for our officers yet again. The spike belt punctured one of the wheels, of the vehicle which eventually came to a stop east of the city.”

The driver and lone occupant, a 28-year-old Red Deer Alberta woman, was taken into police custody without incident. Investigators determined that the woman was bound by a release order, with a condition which stipulated that she must not be found behind the steering wheel of any motor vehicle without its owner present. She now faces a number of new potential charges under the Criminal Code and BC Motor Vehicle Act.

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Revelstoke RCMP at 250-837-5255.