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Suspect flees at high speed from police near Creston, BC; caught in swamp

A man suspected of several property crimes who fled at high speed from police was finally apprehended in a swamp near Creston
RCMP file

On July 2, 2024, Creston RCMP officers attempted to stop a truck being driven by a 37-year-old man, believed to be responsible for several recent property crimes, and who was also wanted on an outstanding warrant.

"Given the individual being sought was believed to pose a risk to police and public safety, the Southeast District’s Emergency Response Team (SED ERT) was deployed," said Cpl. James Grandy, with the RCMP, in a statement.

The officer inside the helicopter spotted the suspect’s truck, which then began travelling back towards Creston. With roadblocks already in place, highway traffic was stopped in both directions as spike belts were deployed.

The suspect approached one of the roadblocks, drove over a spike belt, and continued driving a short distance before his vehicle was disabled near West Creston Road and Highway 3.

The suspect then fled into the nearby marshlands, where, after an hours long search, the suspect was brought into custody without further incident.

“I am very proud of the way the Detachments in the region came together to address this person’s behaviour,” said S/Sgt. Brandon Buliziuk, Creston RCMP Detachment Commander.

“Our officers worked cohesively, effectively; and most importantly, in the interest of keeping the public safe. We are grateful for the support of our neighbours and that of the Southeast District Emergency Response and Containment Teams.

"We appreciate the travelling public’s patience while we safely and methodically apprehended this suspect.”


Barry Coulter

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Barry Coulter had been Editor of the Cranbrook Townsman since 1998.
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