RCMP arrested a man after he fled into the bushes in a stolen vehicle. (File photo)

Off-road pursuit of stolen vehicle leads to arrest of Keremeos man

36-year-old Keremeos man arrested in Penticton after allegedly fleeing into bushes in stolen vehicle

Thirty-six-year-old Ryan Regan of Keremeos was arrested March 11 after allegedly stealing a pickup truck in Penticton.

The man allegedly attempted to evade police but was eventually found and arrested.

RCMP explained that early Wednesday morning, a truck was reported stolen from a residence on Grandy Avenue.

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At 1:00 p.m., Police Dog Services (PDS), along with Target Enforcement Unit (TEU) officers spotted the stolen vehicle on Green Mountain Road. They attempted to pull the vehicle over but the driver did not stop, and continued driving off-road and into the hills where officers lost sight of it.

Not long after, officers located the vehicle again at which time the driver drove further into the brush, knocking down trees until they were out of sight.

Officers followed the tracks and eventually found the abandoned vehicle.

A police dog was able to locate the suspect after further hiking into the brush. Regan was arrested and taken into custody by RCMP.

He was held in custody for a court appearance on March 12.

Charges of theft of motor vehicle, possession of stolen property, flight from police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and driving while prohibited, are all being considered by the BC Prosecution Service.

“Utilizing appropriate and all Policing resources in a manner which kept in mind public safety, with the need to apprehend the accused, resulted in our officers successfully removing another offender from our community,” said RCMP Cst. James Grandy.

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