A Manitoba man arrested for uttering threats is also facing charges relating to a police pursuit that ended in a collision at the Sicamous roundabout.
RCMP spokesperson Dan Moskaluk reported Friday, Jan. 19, that charges are pending against a 27-year-old man from Morden, Manitoba. He was arrested Thursday afternoon after the vehicle he was driving, a grey BMW with Manitoba plates, collided with an SUV at the Highway 97A/Main Street roundabout.
Moskaluk said multiple RCMP jurisdictions were alerted Thursday, Jan. 18, to the possibility that a man wanted by Lake Country RCMP for uttering threats, was travelling through B.C. to the Okanagan. At approximately 3 p.m., Sicamous RCMP were notified the man was driving through Rogers Pass.
“At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Thursday… Sicamous RCMP located the vehicle driving erratically in the Malakwa area,” said Moskaluk. “RCMP officers attempted to stop the vehicle by deploying a spike belt after observing it driving westbound… at an extreme speed in a dangerous manner.”
The officers’ attempt to stop the vehicle was unsuccessful and the driver carried on with police in pursuit.
In Sicamous, the BMW turned off Highway 1 onto Hwy. 97A. Seconds later it reached the Sicamous roundabout, where it was involved in a rear-end collision with an SUV.
“Both air bags deployed on the BMW rendering it inoperable,” said Moskaluk, adding police were able to safely arrest the suspect without further incident.
Police continue to investigate the matter and Sicamous RCMP Sgt. Murray McNeil anticipates several charges will be forwarded to Crown counsel against the driver.