Concerned citizens helped Vernon RCMP catch up with a person who was believed to be involved in a single-vehicle accident Saturday night.
RCMP received a report from a concerned citizen at 10 p.m. that a dark-coloured Ford Explorer had hit a pole on Highway 97 at 43rd Avenue.
The vehicle was observed to have then gone west on 43rd Avenue.
“A second call came from a witness who saw the collision and was following the vehicle tracks in the snow,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.
“The vehicle tracks were going from the curb, onto the sidewalk and then crossing the centre line.”
The witness caught up with the vehicle at around 27th Avenue, in West Vernon, and followed it to a property in the 5700 block of Okanagan Landing Road.
Police officers state the vehicle then collided with a fence and that the vehicle was being driven on a rim as a tire had come off.
“Our officers noticed the vehicle and saw a man fleeing into a residence,” said Molendyk.
“The officers took off in fresh pursuit.”
With the help of a police service dog unit, the suspect was arrested and taken into custody after he was treated for injuries suffered when he came into contact with the police dog.
The 34-year-old Vernon man is facing charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, resisting arrest, prohibited driving and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose (police report he was apprehended with a canister of pepper spray).
The suspect was slated to appear in Vernon Provincial Court Monday.