Kelowna suspect leaps into Similkameen River to escape cops

Kelowna man deals with hypothermia and charges after going into police custody

An off-duty Princeton RCMP officer – summoned from his home by residents – arrested a break and enter suspect who promptly threw himself into the Similkameen River in an attempt to escape.

Shortly after 9 a.m. on April 9 the suspect was pulled from the water. After further resisting attempts to take him into custody, he was transported to Princeton General Hospital and treated for hypothermia, said Corporal Chad Parsons, detachment commander.

The events composed a dramatic conclusion to a routine check approximately six hours previously.

Two officers were on patrol when they observed a suspicious white Chrysler parked on Waterfront Avenue.

The plates came back as stolen, and on further investigation the members discovered a shotgun wedged between the car’s front seats, said Parsons.

The gun was equipped with a pistol and muzzle grip.

Police did not enter the vehicle at that time, but it was secured and ready to be towed.

“These members have some experience,” said Parsons, “enough to feel that someone might go back to the tow yard. They secured [the car] at the detachment.”

At about 7 a.m. employees of Mario’s Towing on Highway 3 reported an attempted break and enter, however a suspect was frightened off.

Two hours later a second attempt was made to break into the yard and citizens in the area gave chase.

One of the pursuers ran to the home of a Princeton constable and “pounded on the door,” said Parsons.

He added: “We don’t normally encourage this.”

The constable suited up and chased the man down the banks of the Simikameen. After an arrest was made the man escaped police and jumped in the river.

“He started floating down the river, and he floated under the bridge.”

The man was arrested at the water’s edge a short time later.

‘He’s lucky he got out, really,” said Parsons, noting the current river conditions.

A 32-year-old Kelowna man is facing charges of escaping lawful custody, possession of a prohibited firearm and unsafe storage of a firearm.

To report a typo, email:
publisher@similkameenspotlight.com
.



andrea.demeer@similkameenspotlight.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Cutest pet contest winner: Abi

Cutest pet in the South Okanagan-Similkameen winner for July 13

Contest: Send us your cute pet photos

Email us photos of your pets in the South Okanagan-Similkameen

Interior Health against needle buyback programs

IH issues formal release stating buyback programs are not feasible

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

Cyclist attempts to break Pan-America world record

German cyclist Jonas Deichmann is travelling through B.C. to Alaska. He plans to begin his attempt on Aug. 18.

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Air quality statement warns of smoky air for Kamloops area

Environment ministry says area on north side of Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Russian protest group claimed responsibility after four people ran onto field in police uniforms

Fans party on Montreal streets after French World Cup win

To city is home to nearly 57,000 French nationals

East Shuswap Road wildfire’s fire line being controlled

Firefighters saved an eagle’s nest and eaglets while controlling fire lines

Your reviews: John Fogerty rocks the South Okanagan

Photos and reviews from fans in Penticton at John Fogerty’s concert in the SOEC

B.C. VIEWS: Making private health care illegal again

Adrian Dix battles to maintain Cuba-style medical monopoly

Almost every part of Canada’s largest national park deteriorating: federal study

Drawing on decades of research — the report lists 50 pages of citations

Most Read