Suspect flees road check in Keremeos, smashes into RV park

A man from the Lower Mainland faces multiple charges after fleeing a roadside stop in Keremeos

  • Feb. 14, 2018 12:00 a.m.

An Abbotsford man is facing a number of charges including possession of a firearm contrary to order after fleeing from a police stop in Keremeos on Feb. 9.

Gary Richard, 36, allegedly provided a fake name to RCMP when he stopped at a roadside check point near the fire hall in Keremeos on Friday night around 7:45 p.m.

Richard was driving a newer black BMW SUV.

He sped off when an officer confronted him Cpl. Brian Evans of the Keremeos RCMP detachment said.

“He fled through Keremeos at an extremely high rate of speed and headed west on Highway 3,” he said.

Keremeos officers didn’t chase after the vehicle as it was deemed a safety hazard but called ahead to Princeton RCMP to keep an eye out for the vehicle.

Shortly after Richard sped off, a call came in from the Riverside RV Park Resort saying a man smashed through the entrance gate.

Keremeos RCMP attended the scene to find Richard in his vehicle in the park.

He was arrested without further incident.

“Our officers responded immediately and captured the driver and the vehicle inside the RV park,” he said.

Richard is facing a number of charges including breach of probation, possession of a firearm contrary to order, mischief, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and driving while prohibited.

He appeared in Penticton court Feb. 13 and was held in custody. He will appear again on Feb. 21.

Evans said officers also caught another man driving while prohibited during the roadside check.

He said officers plan to setup similar roadside stops in the future.

“It was fairly successful. We worked together with traffic to do it. We’ll be doing more,” he said.