Spike belt deployed in Okanagan-wide police chase

RCMP were tracking a stolen truck from Penticton across the Okanagan on Monday evening

Penticton RCMP files.

RCMP were tracking a stolen truck across the Okanagan on Monday evening.

A red Ford F-250 was stolen from the back parking lot of Cue Connections around 9:40 p.m. It was later found by RCMP on Vancouver Hill, at which time the driver sped away down Front Street and seen driving towards Summerland. It was seen in that community around 2 a.m. on Rosedale Avenue before taking off again.

West Kelowna Mounties were made aware of the situation and observed the stolen truck. They successfully deployed a spike belt stopping the vehicle near the Seclusion Bay turnoff from Highway 97.

“After the tires were punctured the vehicle  turned on the westbound on-ramp against traffic on Highway 97C. The truck went down a ditch and an embankment,” said Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth.

RCMP saw a non-white male fleeing on foot from the stolen truck.

“There was a track from the police dog for about a kilometre and about the same time police received a report from a driver of a flat deck semi that a First Nations male tried jumping onto the flat deck of his trailer,” said Wrigglesworth.

The track was lost by the police dog and the driver is still at large.

The vehicle was recovered and seized to attempt to lift possible prints. Anyone with information can contact CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).