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Penticton RCMP deploy spike belt to stop driver in stolen truck

A 24-year-old female driver was apprehended on Nov. 6

It took two attempts with spike strips but the Penticton RCMP successfully apprehended a woman driving a stolen truck.

“Due to the truck being built to withstand tough driving conditions, the driver was able to continue driving, at slow speeds, up Green Mountain Road. After a few kilometres, the driver wasn’t able to continue, and our officer’s co-ordinated the safe apprehension of the 24-year-old female driver,” said Const. James Grandy in a news release.

On Nov. 6 RCMP were alerted to a sighting of a stolen pick-up truck traveling south toward Penticton from Summerland.

Related: Several vehicles stolen from Keremeos area

Grandy said plainclothes investigators observed the truck traveling into Penticton near Red Wing at Highway 97, and attempted to use spike strips. The driver was able to avoid the officers and drive up into the West Bench area.

Officers, including those assisting from the General Investigative Sections, Targeted Enforcement and Police Service Dog units, subsequently located the vehicle traveling onto the Penticton Indian Reserve lands. Grandy said officers deployed another set of spike strips, which was successful in deflating the truck’s tires.

The female driver was held in custody on charges of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, possession of a controlled substance, flight from police and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. She is expected to appear in Penticton Provincial Court on Nov. 8.

“The Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Detachment continues its commitment to safer homes and communities through solid teamwork and flexible coordination of resources,” said Grandy.

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