Vernon man arrested after high-speed chase in Trail

A Vernon man has been arrested in the Kootenays in connection with a high-speed chase and some possible break-and-enters in the Okanagan

A Vernon man has been arrested in the Kootenays in connection with a high-speed chase and some possible break-and-enters in the Okanagan-Thompson region.

At around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Trail RCMP attempted to stop a pickup in the city’s downtown core.

The truck failed to stop for police and fled at a high rate of speed.

“Police located the truck and four occupants shortly afterwards near an intersection on Highway 22 after it failed to negotiate the corner and struck a barrier,” said Trail RCMP Sgt. Darren Oelke.

The occupants were arrested at the scene of the accident, and the truck, a 2011 white GMC Sierra pickup, was discovered to have been reported stolen out of Kamloops two days earlier.

RCMP confirm that Sheldon Donald Veness, 21, from Vernon, was the driver of the truck.

Veness has been charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, possession of a controlled substance, driving while prohibited, two counts of breach of an undertaking and three counts of possession of stolen property related to break-and-enters in Kamloops, Kelowna and Vernon.

Veness has been remanded in custody and will appear in Rossland Provincial Court on March 5.

A woman from Vernon, and a woman and man from Trail, all in their 20s, were also in the truck. They were released from custody.

“Fortunately the traffic was very light at the time of the incident and no one was injured as a result of the reckless driving or the accident,” said Oelke, adding the investigation is continuing and that further charges are possible.

 

Vernon Morning Star