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RCMP officer peppered by bear spray during chase

Revelstoke RCMP arrested a woman after a five hour pursuit that included a police officer getting peppered by bear spray early Wednesday morning.

RCMP say the incident began at around 3 a.m on Aug. 13 when they got a call about a suspicious female who had parked her vehicle in someone's driveway and was asking for gas or money.

Police attended but when they approached the woman she fled in her vehicle, a blue Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.

The vehicle was later seen on the Trans-Canada Highway and a traffic stop was attempted by police. The woman refused to comply with the stop and at some point the police officer was hit with bear spray.

The woman then fled the scene but her truck was soon found only one kilometre further east on the highway.

The truck had been reported stolen from a home in Sorrento sometime overnight and was related to another motor vehicle theft in Vernon.

An RCMP police dog was called in from Vernon and by 8 a.m. the woman was found and arrested.

A 31-year-old Vernon woman is facing charges of obstructing a police officer, resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, possession of stolen property worth more than $5,000, trespassing and breaching a probation order.

The RCMP gave thanks to all the motorists on the Trans-Canada Highway who assisted in the search for the woman.

 

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