Officers combine to track down fleeing vehicle thief
Three peace officer units from Cranbrook and the Columbia Valley recently combined to apprehend a fleeing vehicle thief.
On Tuesday, March 30 at about 11:30 a.m., Columbia Valley RCMP was advised that a green van failed to stop for a Cranbrook police officer and fled northbound.
A Columbia Valley officer located the vehicle on Highway 93/95 near Canal Flats and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. However, the vehicle again fled from police. With public safety in mind, the officers made the decision not to pursue the vehicle, which was confirmed stolen out of Cranbrook, reported Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment commander Sgt. Darren Kakuno.
A short time later, a Columbia Valley Conservation Officer located the van abandoned on the side of Highway 93/95 near Spur Valley.
A police dog handler from Cranbrook attended the scene and followed a track from the vehicle and successfully located an adult male.
The male was arrested for possession of stolen property and flight from police.
The male was also discovered to be prohibited from driving and had an outstanding arrest warrant.
A 20-year-old male from Invermere was released on conditions to attend court at a later date.