A 40-year-old Keremeos man is facing a number of charges in connection with an incident Monday in which a Penticton RCMP vehicle sustained significant damage.
According to Cpl. Dave Tyreman the RCMP North District Advisory NCO, police were dispatched to a call of an erratic and possibly impaired driver of an older, white cargo van which witnesses described as being all over the road and endangering other motorists.
The vehicle was located at the traffic light at Skaha Lake Road and the Channel Parkway. Tyreman said the officer was unable to get behind the truck and pulled alongside of it, indicating to the driver to pull over.
The driver then allegedly accelerated his vehicle, side-swiping the police car and dragging it a short distance before fleeing.
The officer at that point, fearing for public safety, did not pursue the vehicle which continued southbound on Hwy. 97.
RCMP did locate the truck a few kilometres north of Kaleden where the driver went through a locked gate before stopping. He then fled on foot but was taken into custody a short time later without incident.
He is facing charges including theft, dangerous driving and impaired driving. No name has been released.
The suspect was released on a promise to appear and will appear in provincial court next month.