Community assistance leads to safe arrest of suspect


2023-06-09 14:05 PDT

File # 2023-2529

On May 31st, 2023, at approximately 8:40 p.m., a frontline officer with the Nakusp RCMP conducting a proactive patrol, observed a suspicious motorhome. Upon the officer attempting a vehicle stop, the driver evaded the officer and sped off. In the interest of public safety, the officer did not pursue.

On June 1st, 2023, close to 6 a.m., loggers working along the Octopus Forest Service Road, reported the suspicious vehicle to police, providing a licence plate which matched that of the fleeing motorhome. The loggers stayed nearby to keep watch until police arrived.

When officers arrived in the area, they observed the motorhome driving erratically down the road. Efforts were made to direct the driver to stop, including the use of a spike belt. The driver persisted in their erratic driving, and at one point collided with a police vehicle. An officer discharged their firearm. The motorhome was disabled and no one was injured as a result.

The driver was able to flee into the wooded area. His female passenger was arrested without incident.

Utilizing social media, RCMP notified local BC Ferries and residents, encouraging reports of suspicious activity. This led to volunteers, who were conducting patrols, spotting the suspect within the small community of Fauquier.

With assistance from the RCMP’s Southeast District Emergency Response Team (ERT), and a Police Service Dog, the suspect was arrested.

The RCMP wishes to express its appreciation to the community, local contractors, and visitors to the area for their invaluable assistance in apprehending the suspects, says Cpl. Thomas Gill, Detachment Commander. Their cooperation demonstrated the strength and safety of our communities when we all come together.

The driver, a 28-year-old man, who is known to police in BC and Alberta, faces charges related to assault, dangerous operation of a conveyance, and numerous failing to comply with his release and probation orders.

The 25-year-old female passenger from Kelowna faces charges of failing to comply with her release orders.  

Released by

Cpl. James Grandy
District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
Office: 250-460-2398


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