POLICE – Prolific offender in custody following morning crime spree

A stolen vehicle report that started in Williams Lake ended in Kamloops following a spike belt deployment on the East Trans Canada Highway.

Around 10:30 a.m. today (Dec. 14, 2021), a Kamloops RCMP officer was on the East Trans Canada Highway when he saw a blue truck that had just fled from police in Ashcroft. The same truck had been involved in a theft of fuel investigation around 6:45 a.m. in Williams Lake after it had been stolen there.

The suspect driver had been identified as a prolific offender known to police.

“Clearly the offender was going to continue his crime spree,” said RCMP Supt. Syd Lecky. “Thankfully, he was safely intercepted before he could continue any further harm.”

Multiple Kamloops officers responded and a spike belt was successfully deployed on the East Trans Canada Highway near Dallas. The truck continued, smashing through a fence and eventually hitting the centre ditch near Hook Road before coming to a stop.

The driver was taken into custody after he allegedly attempted to flee on foot, then continued to resist arrest. A 28-year-old Williams Lake man is being held for court.

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