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High speed pursuit on Coq.

After leading police on a dangerous high-speed chase along the Coquihalla two suspects were finally located hitchhiking after ditching the car.

About 4 p.m. Thursday Merritt RCMP and Central Interior Traffic Services received a report that a stolen Ford F350 was travelling northbound on Hwy. 5.

“The caller reported that he was following a vehicle that was stolen from his employer in Kamloops earlier that week,” explained RCMP Cpl. Tim Lyons.

RCMP were able to confirm the vehicle was stolen and set up a road block at Hwy. 5 and Hwy. 97C. A spike belt was deployed in hopes of stopping the truck.

“The vehicle approached the road block at a high rate of speed and managed to evade the spike belt,” said Lyons. “Due to the high risk to the public the pursuit ended.”

However in a surprise twist, the two suspects were found a short time later hitchhiking on Hwy. 5 near Helmer Road after dumping the stolen truck.

“The vehicle was located a short distance from the highway. Kamloops RCMP Police Dog Services were able to track the suspects from the car to where they were located by police,” said Lyons.

Both male suspects were placed under arrest and are facing charges including Possession of Stolen Property over $5,000, an outstanding warrant and related driving offences.

RCMP say neither man is from the area and they both remain in custody until their first court appearance can be scheduled.

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