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Posted: November 9, 2016

High-speed pursuit ends with arrest

An unidentified driver was arrested Nov. 1 near Fairmont Hot Springs by Golden and Columbia Valley-based RCMP after initiating a high-speed chase.

On November 1, around lunchtime, the Golden RCMP traffic unit initiated a roadside stop for a speeder near Radium Hot Springs. The speeder stopped and spoke to the RCMP member but then fled the roadside stop.

The Golden RCMP member, along with some Columbia Valley members, pursued the speeder for about 20 km then discontinued the pursuit because of the risk posed to the public, reported Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment NCO Sgt. Bob Vatamaniuck.

The speeder pulled his vehicle over just north of Fairmont and ran into the woods. RCMP then engaged the police dog service out of Cranbrook.

Eventually the speeder came out onto the highway where he was quickly arrested. He was charged accordingly and will be in court in January 2017, Vatamaniuck said.

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