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Trucker held at gunpoint

UPDATE 10:20 p.m.

Kamloops RCMP have a man in custody after he allegedly held a commercial truck driver at gunpoint after being picked up hitchhiking along Hwy 5 north of Clearwater.

Police were initially called at about 6:30 p.m. for a report of a trucker being held at gunpoint by a male hitchhiker who was picked up near the tiny community of Avola.

“The vehicle continued southbound and eventually was located and disabled by police near the Hwy 5 weigh scales with the driver being able to exit the vehicle unharmed,” said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk in a news release, adding the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

The arrest led to the temporary closure of the highway at the weigh scale area.


ORIGINAL 9 p.m.

What is being described as a 'high risk' police incident has prompted closure of two highways around Kamloops.

Police in Kamloops says the incident is taking place at the Highway 5 commercial weight scales on the southwest side of the city.

Highway 5 and the Trans Canada Highway are closed at the weigh scales due to what police say is a dynamic incident.

The public are being asked to avoid the area.

Police say they will provide more details as the situation develops.

 



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