Police use golf carts to locate, arrest alleged dump truck thief on Okanagan golf course

A B.C. man was arrested on a renowned Okanagan golf course on Wednesday after allegedly stealing and crashing a loaded dump truck.

Fittingly, police used golf carts to make the arrest.

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Vernon North Okanagan RCMP say the incident began at approximately 10 a.m., when they received news of a stolen vehicle along the 9500 block of Eastside Road in Vernon. While en route to the scene, police were advised that the vehicle was a dump truck full of gravel, and that it was driving at a high rate of speed.

Police say the suspect lost control of the dump truck, which flipped on its side, losing its load of gravel and blocking a portion of the road.

Another view of the crashed dump truck.

Another view of the crashed dump truck.

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“Prior to police arrival, witnesses advised the male suspect fled the area up a steep embankment toward the Predator Ridge Golf Course,” said Vernon RCMP Cst. Kelly Brett.

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“Due to the thick forest-like terrain, the RCMP Air Services Unit and the Police Service Dog were deployed to the area. The RCMP fixed-wing plane responded and located the suspect male running through the 10th hole of the golf course, where he eventually grounded himself in an effort to hide from police.”

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Brett noted that officers used golf carts to access the area and locate the shirtless suspect.

Police say a 42-year-old man from Hudson’s Hope, B.C., is in custody and is facing possible charges of motor vehicle theft.

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