CRIME WATCH

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RCMP in West Kelowna are investigating a hit and run that occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday in a parking lot behind a business on Boucherie Road.

The same suspect vehicle is believed to have been involved in an earlier string of crimes that included sideswiping a police vehicle near Merritt and the use of counterfeit currency at a gas station in Kamloops.

RCMP were alerted to the hit and run in West Kelowna and deployed a spike belt near the east end of the William R. Bennett Bridge in an effort to disable the vehicle.

“The driver performed an evasive manoeuvre, managed to avoid the tire-deflation device and drove over the concrete meridian of the highway,” RCMP spokesman Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said in a news release.

“A second motorist’s vehicle was struck as the suspect pulled a U-turn and proceeded back across the bridge span toward West Kelowna.”

The drivers involved in both collisions were reportedly uninjured, and police did not pursue the suspect vehicle.

“If you happen to spot the burgundy Dodge Ram D-150 pickup truck in your community, we caution the public not to approach the suspect vehicle or any of its occupants,” O’Donaghey said. “RCMP strongly urge the public to immediately call their local police of jurisdiction or 911 emergency.”

The suspect vehicle was stolen in Armstrong and has licence plate KK2078.

Anyone with information or who sees the suspect vehicle is asked to contact RCMP immediately. They may also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.