Don’t pick up hitchhikers: RCMP search for wanted man

Don’t pick up hitchhikers: RCMP search for wanted man

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It’s probably not a good idea to pick up any hitchhikers in the South Okanagan right now.

RCMP are searching for a wanted man who fled the scene of an accident near Osoyoos today.

Around noon, a Ford F150 towing a tent trailer was side swiped by a Nissan Pathfinder on Highway 3 just east of Wagon Wheel Road on Anarchist Mountain, approximately 25 km east of Osoyoos, said Sgt. Jason Bayda.

Extensive damage was caused to both vehicles; the F150 and tent trailer were rendered inoperable and blocked Highway 3 for nearly two hours.

The driver of the Nissan, Jeffrey Pelly, 42, is wanted on an outstanding warrant for failing to comply with a probation order. He fled the scene in the Nissan, only to ditch it a short distance away before fleeing through bushes on foot.

Police searched the area for several hours with a police dog from Penticton and an RCMP air plane from Kelowna, but were unable to locate Pelly.

Pelly was last seen wearing dark pants, a light coloured shirt, a red hat and a black back pack.  He is a white male, approximately 5′ 9″ tall and of slim build.

“Police are asking anyone to refrain from picking up hitch hikers and to call 911 if anyone matching those descriptors is seen in the area,” Bayda said.

The driver of the F150 and her two young children were shaken and assessed by Emergency Health Services.

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