Update: 1:30p.m. Dec. 20
A Kelowna man was boxed in by police cars and arrested with the help of canines, after wreaking havoc downtown Kelowna in a stolen vehicle.
On Dec. 19 RCMP officers flooded the downtown Kelowna area after receiving multiple reports that a green Honda Civic was involved in a hit and run, was driving erratically, hitting curbs and nearly hitting pedestrians.
The Honda had been reported as stolen earlier in the day from a driveway in West Kelowna after being left idling to warm up.
At 5:20 p.m. a mountie found the Honda and attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver took off and almost hit striking the police vehicle in an effort to escape.
A few moments later the alleged driver was seen attempting to carjack another vehicle but fled in the Honda when police approached.
Police then used patrol cars to boxed in the suspect and with help from the Police Dog Service, they able to arrest the man subject after a brief struggle.
Kelowna RCMP are recommending charges against the 29-year-old Kelowna resident for possession of stolen property, robbery, flight from police and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
“The risk to the public was removed by the quick decision of Officers to stop the threat. These dedicated individuals then transitioned to gathering the evidence from the various scenes to ensure the suspect currently remains in custody,” said Cst. Mike Della-Paolera Media Relations Officer with the Kelowna RCMP.
A man was arrested and a stolen Honda was recovered after an incident involving police dogs unfolded at the intersection of Gordon Drive and Coronation Avenue in Kelowna at 6:12p.m. on Dec. 19.
A green Honda, which had been reported stolen from West Kelowna earlier in the day, was spotted by Kelowna RCMP.
The suspect made several other attempts to “jack” other vehicles before being arrested.
“This was a dynamic and fluid event, but thanks to the Kelowna RCMP General Duty and Police Dog Service, the arrest was conducted without injury to citizens or police officers.” said Cst. Mike Della-Paolera Media relations Officer with the Kelowna RCMP.
As a result of the on-going investigation, the intersection of Gordon Dr. and Coronation Ave. is closed until further notice.
Due to the on-going investigation, at this time there will be no further information provided.
This article will be updated as more information becomes available.
If you witnessed this event and have not yet spoken to the RCMP or have dash camera recording, contact the Kelowna RCMP at (250) 762-3300 referencing file number 2022-77853.