Serious Crash Involved Stolen Vehicle
Photo: Leathead Road collision scene. Heavily damaged Mitsubishi is in the foreground and the stolen white Ford F150 pickup truck in the background (RCMP)
Police say a stolen pickup truck was involved in a serious collision in Rutland that sent one person to hospital.
The Ford F150 truck crossed the centre line and hit an Mitsubishi SUV on Leathhead Road near McPhee Street around 7:30 this morning.
The male SUV driver had to be cut out of the vehicle by firefighters, and suffered potentially life threatening injuries.
The driver of the truck fled on foot, but was later arrested by police dog team
“An area of containment was immediately established around the collision scene and Police Service Dog Ice, of the Kelowna RCMP Police Dog Section was brought in to conduct a search,” says Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey of the Kelowna RCMP. “A suspect was taken into custody, after being tracked by the police canine into the fenced compound of a nearby commercial property.”
The male suspect faces a number of potential charges.
“The police investigation is continuing at this time,” says O’Donaghey. “RCMP can confirm that the white Ford F150 pickup truck had been reported as stolen from the Shannon Lake area in West Kelowna. The vehicles registered owner was tracking the stolen truck’s positioning through GPS. Police were patrolling for the stolen pickup truck when they happened upon the collision.”
Any witnesses to the crash are asked to contact Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net