November 28, 2016 4:24 pm

More details released following police incident in Kelowna

Police surround the area around Parkinson Recreation Centre in Kelowna Sunday afternoon as they search for the suspect of a possible stolen vehicle.

Randy Millis
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Kelowna RCMP continue investigating an incident that resulted in a large police response at a busy area of Kelowna Sunday afternoon.

It all started around 3 p.m. when an RCMP officer on patrol spotted and attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Ethel Street and Lawrence Avenue, due to possible mechanical defects.  The driver of the green Chevy SUV failed to stop and fled the area.

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A few minutes later, police received a report of a motor vehicle incident in the 900-block of Fuller Avenue involving a similar suspect vehicle which caused damage to a property.  Police say the vehicle failed to remain at the scene.  The property owner witnessed the incident and followed the suspect vehicle.  As a result, the homeowner’s vehicle sustained damage after the suspect vehicle allegedly collided with his vehicle while attempting to flee.

A short time later,  officers located the suspect vehicle abandoned in the parking lot of Parkinson Recreation Centre.  Police surrounded the entire area in hopes of tracking down the driver. A Canine unit was also brought in but the suspect was not found.

“The investigation remains ongoing at this time, which will include a full examination of the vehicle itself for physical evidence” RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said. “RCMP have confirmed that the licence plates attached to the vehicle had been reported stolen in late September, however investigators continue efforts to determine whether the vehicle itself was in fact stolen.”

RCMP also say they do not recommend that the members of the public follow a suspect or a suspect vehicle, due to the potential dangers posed to themselves and/or the rest of the general public.The RCMP ask that witnesses observe, if possible record the information and immediately report the incident to police.

Anyone with any information related to Sunday’s incident is asked to contact the Kelowna RCMP.

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