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Family feud ends in collision after hitting the road in the Shuswap

Family members involved in road rage collision that ‘was not accidental’
Chase police were busy with two separate road rage incidents mid-May, one involving a family feud that spilled over onto Hwy. 1 and could result in charges. (Citizen file photo)

A family dispute that hit the road in Chase resulted in probable charges being laid.

At around 2:30 p.m. on May 10, the local RCMP received a driving complaint on Squilax-Anglemont Road, with the caller reporting that a silver BMW and black pickup were speeding and appeared to be chasing each other.

Shortly after receiving that call, police were then advised of a collision on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Chase, with officers told that a black pickup had rammed a silver BMW several times.

“The investigation determined that the two drivers were family members involved in a dispute, and the collision was not accidental,” media relations officer Const. Sarah Van Wilgenburg said in a May 29 media release. “Neither driver was seriously injured; however, both vehicles sustained significant damage.”

She added that police expect to recommend charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Another possible road rage incident took place the following day, May 11, though that one had no familial connections.

At approximately 2 p.m., the Chase RCMP were advised of a suspicious vehicle on Highway 1. The caller reported that a newer grey Toyota Camry had followed her from Kamloops to Pritchard after she honked her horn at the other driver.

“She became concerned about the other driver’s intentions and phoned a family member to meet her at the store,” Van Wilgenburg said. “The Camry followed the caller to the store, then turned around and returned to the highway. The driver was described as a middle-aged Caucasian man.”

She added that responding officers were unable to locate the vehicle.

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