Wanted man arrested after striking officer with stolen truck

Wanted man arrested after striking officer with stolen truck

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An Oliver man is in custody after striking an RCMP officer with a stolen vehicle.

On August 1, police in Oliver were attempting to locate and arrest Simon Bell on an outstanding warrant. Bell was believed to be driving a stolen Ford F350, burgundy in colour, which had been reported stolen earlier that day.

Bell was spotted by officers in the stolen vehicle parked at a residence. Upon police moving in to arrest Bell, he put the truck in gear and backed up, striking one of the officer’s hands and arm.

On August 3, officers with the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional RCMP Detachment’s Targeted Enforcement Unit (TEU), Oliver RCMP and Police Dog Services located and arrested Bell in Oliver.

He was taken into custody without issue, and faces numerous charges.

“Mr. Bell has been a priority offender in the region for some time, and tremendous efforts have been taken to prevent him from causing further harm to the community,” said Cst. James Grandy.

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