Lake Country and Vernon police combine to deal with handgun threat

Tense moments at Vernon Army Camp with Lake Country man arrested

There were some tense moments near the Vernon Army Camp Monday as Vernon RCMP officers helped Lake Country counterparts deal with reports of impaired individuals in a vehicle with a handgun.

The incident began after Vernon RCMP received a heads-up from its dispatch centre at about 7:30 p.m. to be on the lookout for a blue Ford Taurus leaving Lake Country, near Woody’s Pub, with a male passenger associated to the vehicle reportedly seen with a handgun in the car, and the occupants were believed to be impaired.

“One of our traffic officers located the vehicle on Highway 97 near Birnie Road, entering Vernon northbound well in excess of the posted 90 km/hour speed limit, obtaining a speed reading on radar of 142 km/hour for the vehicle,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

The traffic officer, assisted by several additional members, conducted a high-risk traffic stop with the vehicle on 15th Avenue at 32nd Street, the entrance to the Vernon Army Camp.

Officers had their guns drawn as three occupants were removed from vehicle by verbal commands, then they were all told to take a prone position on the ground.

“They were handcuffed while officers continued the investigation,” said Molendyk.

The driver, a 46-year-old Lake Country man, was determined to be vehicle owner. He was arrested for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and was also determined to be under the influence after failing a roadside screening test.

A pellet pistol was recovered from the car and seized.

The driver was issued 90-day Immediate Roadside Prohibition (IRP), which carries a 30-day vehicle impound. He also received a seven-day vehicle impound for the excessive speed violation, a defective window on the vehicle and the car was ordered to be inspected.

All of the people in the car released roadside.

Just Posted

A pickleball debacle unfolds in Lake Country

Pickleball players and frustrated residents discuss the sport court

Lightning causes three wildfires east of Osoyoos

It is believed the fires started by a lightning storm

Kelowna man found guilty of second-degree murder awaits sentencing

A Kelowna jury found Steven Randy Pirko guilty of the second-degree murder in June

Kelowna cab driver charged with sexual assault

RCMP received a report May 28 alleging a taxi passenger had been sexually assaulted by a cab driver

Trial delayed for West Kelowna man charged with murdering his wife

Kevin Costin’s trial is on hold until the Crown and defence work out a few kinks

VIDEO: Young couple found dead in northern B.C. had been shot, police say

Chynna Noelle Deese of the U.S. and Lucas Robertson Fowler of Australia were found along Highway 97

Lightning causes three wildfires east of Osoyoos

It is believed the fires started by a lightning storm

Backhoe ‘burned to a crisp’ in South Okanagan

South Okanagan fire chief said the situation could have been a lot worse

Air ambulance called to second collision on Highway 1 west of Salmon Arm

Emergency crews respond to motor-vehicle collision near Second Nations Road intersection

Crash closes Highway 1 near Tappen

The collision happened about 3:30 p.m. by James Road

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Latest plan is to fly trapped fish by helicopter over Big Bar slide

Multi-pronged plan set in motion to freesalmon blocked by landslide in the Fraser River

Controversial anti-abortion film to be screened in the South Okanagan

Unplanned will be shown at the Penticton Landmark theatre

Okanagan-based pop star Andrew Allen is back with a new band

Singer-songwriter Andrew Allen is bringing his new band home for a concert this Friday

Most Read