Penticton firefighters at the scene of a two-vehicle accident Saturday night. An intensive police air and ground search began shortly afterwards for the two men seen running from the van.

Penticton firefighters at the scene of a two-vehicle accident Saturday night. An intensive police air and ground search began shortly afterwards for the two men seen running from the van.

UPDATE: Police air and ground search in Penticton results in arrest

RCMP officers on the ground and in the air was began after a two-vehicle accident in which two men fled on foot.

RCMP told the Western News on Tuesday afternoon that they have not located the second suspect involved in the incident on the weekend.


An extensive RCMP air and ground search Saturday night resulted in the capture of at least one of the two suspects who fled the scene of a two-vehicle accident.

Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth of the Penticton detachment said the matter began about 6:30 p.m. when an RCMP South Okanagan Traffic Services officer on Warren Avenue noticed an expired plate on a green, Ford Aerostar van and attempted to pull the driver over.

“When the officer tried to stop the vehicle it accelerated away and police did not pursue it and turned emergency lights off,” said Wrigglesworth. “Five minutes later there was a two-vehicle accident reported at the intersection of Paris Street and Brandon Avenue involving that van.”

It had collided with a 1994 silver Toyota Camry resulting in what are believed to be minor injuries to the female driver and male passenger.

Two males were observed running from the van at which time Penticton general duty members, traffic services and a police helicopter were called in the set up containment using numerous tips from the public.

About 8:30 p.m. a male was arrested near the Log Cabin Motel on Skaha Lake Road. RCMP said they have not located the second suspect as of press deadline.

A female passenger in the van was taken into custody at the accident scene and transported to Penticton Regional Hospital with minor injuries and was released without charges.

The male who was arrested had two outstanding warrants and was to appear in provincial court. The plate on the van was found to be stolen and police were still attempting to determine ownership of the vehicle.

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