Crash and run

UPDATE 12:45 P.M. - Kelowna RCMP are looking for a Kamloops man who fled from police early Thursday morning.

Police were investigating a threat complaint at Bernard Avenue and Water Street about 2:30 a.m. when a vehicle could be heard revving its engine followed by crunching noises.

"A police officer saw a dark-coloured SUV up on the side walk and heard bystanders shouting at the driver to stop. The two male suspects in the threats complaint had apparently gotten into a black Nissan Pathfinder which struck a pair of parked vehicles as it drove away from the area," said Cst. Kris Clark.

"The officer was able to locate the vehicle near Gordon Drive but it sped off when police activated their emergency equipment."

Police were forced to discontinue the pursuit due to the danger to public safety said Clark, but later located the Pathfinder on Bernard Avenue at Ethel Street where it had crashed into two other vehicles.

"The passenger, a 25-year-old Kelowna man, was found about a block away, suffering from non-life threatening injuries consistent with the crash. A Police Service Dog initiated a track of the suspect driver but he could not be located."

The passenger was subsequently released without charges pending further investigation.

A 37-year-old Kamloops man faces a number of potential charges including Flight from Police, Fail to Remain, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Assault with a Weapon. He remains at large.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP, Cst Joyce, at 250-762-3300. Remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.

Three vehicles were smashed up early Thursday morning when a dirty Nissan Pathfinder plowed into two parked cars just before 3 a.m.

The SUV came to rest inside the driveway of a home off Bernard Avenue, at the corner of Ethel Street. It had crashed into a small car parked on the road outside the home, and then continued into the driveway, crashing into a parked truck.

Members of the Kelowna RCMP were still on scene this morning, along with an accident reconstructionist, as they tried to piece together what happened.

An officer confirmed that one person had been taken into custody, but says another suspect ran from the scene.

Ryan Strong, who lives in the home where the incident occurred, says he and his roommates slept through the loud noises.

“We were fast asleep, I didn’t even hear it. The police knocking on the door in the morning is what woke me up,” says Strong.

“Apparently the driver did a big U-turn and hit my buddy’s car over here and then kept going into my truck. I just got it last week unfortunately.”

Strong believes that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, but that has not been confirmed.

“In the morning it was just a big surprise. And like I said, I just got that truck a week ago, so it’s the last way I’d like to start my first day of work.”


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