August 15, 2018 10:07 pm

Traffic accident near Osoyoos leads to police manhunt

Police say they searched the area near the scene of the accident for several hours but did not locate the suspect.

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Police in the Okanagan are searching for a 42-year-old man with an outstanding warrant for his arrest after he allegedly caused a traffic accident east of Osoyoos, B.C., and fled the scene.

According to the South Okanagan RCMP, Jeffrey Pelly was driving a Nissan Pathfinder on Highway 3 when he sideswiped a Ford F-150 that was towing a tent trailer. Police say the noon-time accident, which took place 25 kilometres east of Osoyoos, caused extensive damage to both vehicles, with the Ford F-150 being rendered inoperable.

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Police say the accident blocked Highway 3 for approximately an hour and 45 minutes, adding the Ford F-150 driver and her two young children were shaken by the incident.

Police also said Pelly — who is wanted on an outstanding warrant for failing to comply with a probation order — fled the scene in his Pathfinder but wound up ditching the vehicle a short distance away before fleeing into nearby bushes.

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Police say they searched the area for several hours with Penticton K9 and Kelowna air assistance but did not locate him.

Pelly is described as a white man who is approximately five-foot-nine with a slim build. He was last seen wearing dark pants, a light-coloured shirt, a red hat and a black backpack.

Police are asking drivers to refrain from picking up hitchhikers and to call 911 if anyone matching Pelly’s description is seen in the area.

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