Off-duty Burnaby RCMP police officer aids in safe capture of Cache Creek car thief

Ashcroft, Burnaby, BC – An off-duty RCMP officer visiting the BC southern interior from the Lower Mainland jumped into action to provide assistance to a vehicle owner in distress after the man’s passenger car was taken, after it was left idling outside a gas station.

On February 26, 2020 just prior to 8 p.m., an off-duty Burnaby RCMP Staff Sergeant stopped in to a gas station in the Cache Creek area when he observed a man frantically chasing his silver Kia Rio on foot, as it was reportedly being driven away by a car thief. The suspect fled the immediate area, north bound towards Clinton. The off-duty officer followed the freshly stolen vehicle and provided vital updates to police dispatchers operating out of the Kelowna Operational Communications Centre, who relayed that information to responding frontline officers.

Spike Belt Deployed
File Photo – Spike Belt Deployed

The suspect was allegedly observed driving in a dangerous manner, at times travelling in the on-coming lanes of the highway. A tire deflation device was effectively deployed by Clinton RCMP officers who managed to apprehend the suspect without further incident after the car slowed to a stop.

“RCMP officers not only work and live, but often travel through communities across our beautiful province. This is just one example of how we are always ready to respond to emergencies,” states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District. “The off-duty officer’s situational awareness, and collaboration with our police dispatchers and Clinton RCMP officers resulted in the safe arrest during a situation which had the potential to harm someone.”

A 34-year-old Williams Lake man now faces potential criminal charges. He was held in police custody overnight and later released, expected to make his first appearance in court on April 30, 2020.

It was just 10 days prior, when Ascroft RCMP and Clinton RCMP worked together and were forced to deploy a spike belt to halt another dangerous driver. Click here to view the original news release (February 17, 2020).

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police you are asked to call the Ashcroft RCMP at 250-453-2216.

File # 2020-254

Burnaby RCMP

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