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A car knocks down power pole after apparent police chase

Car crashes after cop chase

Contributed Justin Hampson

UPDATE - Oct. 29 at 9:05 a.m.

Police have yet to identify a suspect who fled the scene after colliding with a power pole after an apparent police chase in Rutland Wednesday evening. 

On Oct. 28., just after 7:30 p.m., an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop with a grey Mercedes-Benz on Falkirk Road, but the suspect allegedly failed to stop and fled down the street at a high rate of speed.

The vehicle collided with a power pole in the 700-block of Falkirk Road, causing the pole to be damaged and creating a power outage in the area.

"This driver unnecessarily put everyone in the area at risk with their dangerous behaviour," says Cpl. Jocelyn Noseworthy, spokesperson for the Kelowna RCMP.

"Especially given that they struck a power pole in a residential area, it is extremely fortunate that no one was seriously injured or even killed in this collision."

The crash also damaged a parked vehicle and some residential property. 

An extensive search of the area with the help of a police dog was undertaken, but the suspect was not located. 

RCMP has seized the suspect vehicle and remains part of the ongoing criminal investigation. 

Police are appealing to anyone who may have dash camera footage or video surveillance footage of the area that shows the suspect vehicle prior to the crash, during the crash or captures the suspect fleeing on foot.

If you witnessed this hit and run crash and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-250-762-3300. Or remain completely anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online.


UPDATE - Oct. 28 at 10 p.m.

142 Rutland residents were without power after a car crashed into a power pole on Falkirk Road Wednesday evening around 7:45 p.m.

At 10 p.m. FortisBC updated their outage map stating 50 customers have their power restored. 

There is no estimated time for the remaining 92 residents at this time. 


UPDATE - Oct. 28 at 8:30 p.m.

A car has taken down a power pole after an apparent police chase in Rutland Wednesday evening. 

Castanet reader Devon Jardine tells us his husband saw the incident unfold. 

"A silver car was coming down the street heading towards Hollydell [Road] with a police pursuit behind them," he says. 

"They came around the corner, they skidded out, lost control, hit the telephone pole and knocked it over so all of the lines have been pulled."

He says then they saw the driver of the sedan jump out of the car and start running on foot. 

Jardine says RCMP were clearing the area and asking residents to stand back as FortisBC works on restoring the power in the area. 

He says as far as he saw no one was injured outside of the vehicle but the parked VW SportWagen was hit during the incident. 

Castanet has reached out to Kelowna RCMP for more information. 


ORIGINAL - Oct. 28 at 8:00 p.m. 

A light pole was taken down in a single-vehicle collision on Wednesday night.

Firefighters and police officers responded to the Falkirk Road around 7:45 p.m.

A silver sedan appears to have struck the light pole, causing a power outage down the road affecting 142 custumers at this time. 

The front door of the vehicle has been propped open and the front of the car looks to be damaged. 

FortisBC has been dispatched as the pole appears to be sheared off and wires are down all over the place. 

No word on injuries and how the incident occurred. 

Castanet will update this story once more information becomes available. 



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