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Man turns violent towards police during arrest in Peachland

Man confronts police officer

A 29-year-old man was arrested in Peachland on Saturday after confronting an RCMP officer in an unprovoked manner.

A West Kelowna RCMP frontline officer was dealing with an investigation on Beach Avenue just before 4 p.m. when an "irate" man unrelated to the investigation approached the police vehicle. 

He allegedly started yelling at the officer, and a second officer arrived on scene attempting to calm him down. 

Despite this, the man continued to act in a "very disruptive manner" and was placed under arrest, which he immediately resisted.

The police officer was allegedly kicked and pushed into a nearby parked vehicle, and suffered minor injuries as a result. 

“This sort of behaviour towards our officers is completely unacceptable, and will not be tolerated,” says Staff Sergeant Duncan Dixon, commander of the West Kelowna RCMP.

The man has been released from custody on conditions for a future court date, and no further information is available.

Anyone who witnessed the incident and has not spoken to police is asked to contact West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880. 

RCMP is particularly interested in speaking with the owner of the vehicle that was damaged when the officer was "thrown into it." 

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