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Off-duty officer helps capture alleged car thief from Williams Lake

A 34-year-old Williams Lake man is facing potential charges after being apprehended by RCMP following an alleged car theft at a Cache Creek gas station.

Southeast District RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said an off-duty Burnaby officer jumped into action when he observed on Wednesday just prior to 8 p.m. a man frantically chasing his silver Kia Rio on foot after it was reportedly being driven away by a car thief.

“The suspect fled the immediate area, north towards Clinton,” O’Donaghey said. 

“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.”

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The suspect who was observed driving in a dangerous manner was slowed to a stop by a tire deflation device that was deployed by the Clinton RCMP.

He was apprehended without further incident and is expected to make his first court appearance on April 30, 2020.

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