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Rammed police with truck

A man and a woman in a stolen vehicle were arrested Tuesday after ramming a police vehicle and attempting to run away. 

On Jan. 22 at noon, RCMP officers with the Targeted Enforcement Unit observed a stolen vehicle being driven by a man with a female passenger in a Penticton motel parking lot. 

Ronald Stewart, 43, and his female passenger were approached by officers who attempted to arrest them. When Stewart saw police approaching, he reversed the stolen vehicle into a police car, and drove out of the lot. 

Officers, with the help of police dogs, found the vehicle near the Twin Lakes gas station, at which time Stewart again rammed into one of the police vehicles. He exited onto the highway and lost control, which allowed officers to nudge the car safely into a ditch. 

Stewart and his passenger ran away from the truck, but a police dog caught up to them and subdued them until officers made an arrest. 

The two are now in custody facing a number of charges. Stewart is charged with assaulting a police officer with a weapon, possessing stolen property, and dangerous driving.

"Criminals using vehicles to ram police vehicles are becoming increasingly common. Having no regard for public or police safety, this type of despicable behaviour will not be tolerated," said Cpl. Van Every, TEU.



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