Police capture wanted man

A man with a Canadawide warrant for his arrest was captured by Penticton RCMP, but not without a struggle.

The RCMP Drug Task Force received information on July 30 that 22-year-old Jesse John McKnight was in Penticton. The man was wanted for parole violation and had warrants for his arrests stemming from a police pursuit in the Twin Lakes area that occurred a week earlier.

RCMP, with assistance from general duty officers and the police dog section, stopped the vehicle around 7 p.m. on Highway 97 near Pyramid Park turnoff.

Cpl. Brad Myhre said police blocked the vehicle in and McKnight, who was in the rear passenger seat, attempted to flee.

“The female driver put the vehicle in gear and attempted to drive away. The vehicle windows were smashed out and force was utilized on both driver and the wanted male. The male with warrants resisted violently and attempted to jump into the driver seat of the vehicle,” said Myhre.

“After a long struggle with the officers he was eventually taken into custody and transported to Penticton cells.”

McKnight was remanded in custody and now faces new charges of resisting arrest, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon while under a prohibition order and possession of methamphetamine and marijuana. RCMP said charges of dangerous driving are being requested for the female involved in the incident.

In an unrelated incident, Penticton RCMP Drug Task Force officers arrested three people on Aug. 3 for trafficking crystal meth. Myhre said the trio were found in a vehicle in a hotel parking lot on Eckhardt Avenue. One of the three were later released with no charges while Penticton residents Philip Jamieson, 42, and Eva Thompson, 41, both face charges of possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking and breaches of a court order.

Myhre said both were already out on bail for several previous charges including possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking.


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