Lake Country man suspected in two-day crime spree in Castlegar

28-year-old man faces 13 charges, including assault with a weapon and flight from police

Castlegar RCMP say they are continuing their investigation into they describe as the “alleged criminal behaviour” of a 28-year-old Lake Country man in the Kootenay city.

The police in Castlegar say they first had contact with Byrne Nov. 6. when an officer attempted to stop a pick-up truck for a burnt out headlight on Robson Access Rd near Castlegar at 1:30 a.m. The driver refused to stop and fled at a high rate of speed, at which time the officer did not initiate a pursuit.

The officer watched the vehicle enter an dead end road and the saw it exit the same road as it sped past him. A second officer arrived to assist and spotted the pick-up on the Robson Bridge in Castlegar. The driver then pulled a U-turn and headed back towards the police vehicle and struck it as it sped away.

The officers spotted the truck a third time, as it sped down another dead end road and attempted to set up a spike belt but the truck came back at a high rate of speed before the officers could deploy the spike belt. The truck accelerated past the unoccupied police vehicles and failed to negotiate a sharp corner at the intersection of Lakeview St and Arrow Lakes Dr, striking a cement barrier and was lodged on top of it. The driver was taken into custody at the scene.

Officers found just over $10,000.00 in cash in the truck along with and a small amount of suspected methamphetamine and a small amount of cannabis in the truck. The driver, uninjured, spent the night in jail and was released.

Meanwhile, on the morning of Nov. a man allegedly assaulted and attempted to rob a woman while she was giving him a ride. The woman managed to get away and the man stole her vehicle. Witnesses saw the stolen vehicle speed through a large construction zone in the city, almost running over a flagger and several workers. The vehicle headed west on Highway 3 until he got a flat tire.

The driver was reported to have then tried to force an unsuspecting motorist in a pick-up truck off the road. The pick-up eventually stopped avoiding a collision, however the fleeing driver assaulted the driver of the pick-up and tried to steal his truck. A passing semi-truck driver saw the incident and stopped to help and the first driver was subdued. The man then “negotiated” his release and attempted to steal the semi-truck.

Eventually the semi-truck driver was able to gain overpower the fleeing man and held him for police.

“Investigators confirmed that it was one and the same individual who had been released from custody,” said RCMP Cpl Dan Moskaluk.

The man, identified as Sean Patrick Byrne from Lake Country, is now facing a total of 13 charges including robbery, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, impaired driving, assault, and assault with a weapon, theft, possession of stolen property, and drug charges, said Moskaluk.

Byrne appeared in Rossland court Thursday and will be held in custody until Dec. 6.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Day one of Hometown Hockey in West Kelowna

Special guests, music, games, and free pizza! Hometown Hockey countinues on Sunday.

Women’s March draws small crowd in Kelowna

The small, but passionate, group marched along Water Street Saturday

Surrey man fined $10,000 by Kelowna’s Provincial Court

The man was convicted for three Wildlife Act offences after shooting a bull moose not in season

UBCO Heat men’s and women’s basketball squads bounce over MacEwan

The women got their first win of the season, while the men keep their playoff hopes alive

West Kelowna Warriors fall short to Vernon

The Warriors lost 1-0 in the hard fought battle

VIDEO: Students in MAGA hats mock Native American at Indigenous Peoples March

Diocese in Kentucky says it is investigating the matter, caught on video by onlookers

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Want to avoid the speculation tax on your vacant home? Rent it out, Horgan says

Premier John Horgan and Sheila Malcolmson say speculation and vacancy tax addresses homelessness

UPDATE: B.C. woman and boy, 6, found safe, RCMP confirm

Roseanne Supernault says both she and her six-year-old nephew are fine and she has contacted police

PHOTOS: Women’s Marches take to the streets across B.C. and beyond

Women and allies marched worldwide protesting violence against women, calling for equality

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Federal Liberals announce former B.C. MLA as new candidate in byelection

Richard Lee will face off against federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh

No winning ticket in $10 million Lotto Max jackpot

No win in Friday night’s draw means the next Lotto Max draw will be approximately $17 million

Most Read