February 14, 2018 7:28 pm
Updated: February 14, 2018 7:29 pm

Police cruiser sideswiped during arrest attempt near Salmon Arm

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A Salmon Arm police cruiser was sideswiped by the driver of a stolen vehicle near Salmon Arm on Tuesday, according to a release from S/Sgt. Scott West.

The officer was on patrol in the area of the Trans-Canada Highway and 30th Street Southwest when a license plate check revealed a vehicle in the area was stolen.

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The officer followed the suspect vehicle, a white Ford Aerostar van, to a rural area west of Salmon Arm when the driver turned down a dead end road.

The officer positioned his police car to block the vehicle’s escape.

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The van then turned and came back at the police vehicle when it hit a snowbank and sideswiped the police vehicle, according to the release.

The male and female occupants of the suspect vehicle, both in their 40’s with no fixed address, were eventually arrested.

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The pair were held in police custody and RCMP recommended six charges which include possession of stolen property, flight From police and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

“Our officers and the suspects did not sustain any injuries as a result of the incident,” West said.

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