Two young men from Alberta have given Revelstoke police a clinic on how not to make a clean getaway.
The series of events that led them to rack up multiple criminal charges from the local detachment started on Sunday, Aug. 18 on the Trans-Canada Highway and resumed again on Monday in downtown Revelstoke.
Revelstoke RCMP say that just after noon they received reports of a black 2000 Honda Civic was “used to conceal stolen property from a road construction site” near the Trans-Canada Highway about 35 kilometres east of Revelstoke.
However, the driver’s getaway from the scene was flawed. Police said they received multiple reports of the vehicle driving erratically on the highway as it traveled westbound on the highway towards Revelstoke.
In a statement, police say they tried to stop the vehicle, but it evaded them by driving into oncoming traffic. They located the vehicle later on near Pearkes Drive and Laforme Boulevard and tried to stop it again.
The car was eventually stopped on Big Eddy Road after being damaged. Two 19-year-old Alberta men were arrested without incident.
On Monday, the driver was released on recognizance for being in possession of stolen property, mischief to property, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and driving without valid insurance.
The passenger was released on recognizance for possession of stolen property.
Soon after they were released, police say the driver of the vehicle stole a bicycle. An employee at the H&R Block office, which is located kitty corner from the RCMP detachment, reached out on social media to say her mountain bike had been stolen from out front of the office.
Police were alerted and spotted the driver of the vehicle on the stolen bike on Victoria Road. Police said he tried to flee and resisted arrest. Police said they then used a taser to subdue the man. He was injured while falling to the ground and treated by paramedics.
On Tuesday, the man appeared in Salmon Arm Provincial Court where he was released on recognizance for assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, theft and possession under $5,000. He’s scheduled to appear in court in Revelstoke in early September.
Police did not name the suspects; none of the allegations have been proven in court.