Montreal man needed throughout Canada arrested in Kelowna – Kelowna Information
Cops nab wanted man
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Police in Kelowna say they arrested a Montreal man wanted on a Canada-wide warrant Friday morning.
In a news release, RCMP say an officer spotted a pickup stopped in the middle of the Bernard Avenue at 2:35 a.m. blocking traffic with a man standing at the driver’s side window speaking to the female driver.
The truck drove away and the man got into a Jaguar with an Ontario license plate and drove away without headlights.
The officer in an unmarked vehicle followed the Jaguar over the bridge into West Kelowna as it travelled above the 60km/hr limit.
The sportscar pulled into a driveway on Nancee Way in West Kelowna and the officer activated his emergency lights.
The male driver and a man in the passenger seat exited the vehicle and became “verbally combative” with the officer who called for backup.
The driver was arrested for dangerous operation of a vehicle. The passenger, who is from Montreal, was found to be wanted across Canada for a parole suspension warrant related to firearms.
A search of the Jaguar found several out-of-province driver’s licenses not belonging to either occupant of the Jaguar and a number of cell phones. The vehicle was impounded and both the driver and the passenger transported to Kelowna cells.
Kelowna RCMP are calling the investigation “on-going and complicated” involving several police departments. Further charges are being considered.
“If it was not for the keen eye of the Kelowna RCMP Officer and his ability to keep calm in a highly volatile situation with two dangerous individuals the outcome could have been different,” said Const. Mike Della-Paolera.
“This passenger with an outstanding warrant is once again in custody where he should remain.”