Man pushed out of truck that police tried to stop

Man pushed out of truck that police tried to stop

RCMP deployed a spike belt to stop a vehicle and arrest a 32-year-old Penticton man on April 1. (File photo)

A man suffered serious injuries after being pushed out of a truck that police were trying to stop in the Penticton/Summerland area on April 1. And that’s no joke.

Front-line officers in Penticton attempted to stop a GMC pickup for excessive speed. The driver did not stop, and keeping public safety in mind, the vehicle was not pursued.

An hour later, Summerland RCMP came across a man laying on the road near Lister Avenue and Verrier Street. The victim said  he was pushed out of the truck that officers tried to stop. He was taken to hospital with serious, non-life threatening injuries.

At approximately 1 a.m., the suspect truck was again spotted driving south of Summerland on Highway 97 toward Penticton. Officers were able to strategically deploy a spike belt, which the driver sped over, making the truck inoperable. The driver fled from the truck, but was soon taken into custody without further incident.

A 32-year-old man from Penticton is now in custody facing potential charges.