It took a bit of wrestling but an Osoyoos Mountie got his man earlier this week after a break-and-enter suspect attempted to run him over with a stolen ATV.
The excitement all started August 27 when a person checking on a neighbour’s vacant residence off Hwy. 97 north of Osoyoos called police after he felt someone was inside.
Osoyoos RCMP were summoned to the property and when they entered the residence, a male was located upstairs.
“He was basically living in the place,” said Sgt. Jason Bayda, the Osoyoos detachment’s commander. “He broke into it and it looked like he was staying there.”
The male fled to the balcony and jumped over the railing. Cst. Bruce Stangl pursued the male on foot and apprehended him as he attempted to drive into the officer on the stolen quad.
“(Cst. Stangl) knocked the person off the quad as he tried to run him over and took him into custody,” said Sgt. Bayda.
RCMP reported finding parts from a stolen automobile in the home but also noted valuables were also missing from the residence.
An Oliver man, 49 year old Kevin Leclerc, was charged with Break and Enter, Theft of a Motor Vehicle, Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle and Possession of Stolen Property.
Although RCMP advocated for his detention, Mr. Leclerc was released pending trial. He is on a nightly curfew as well as a condition to not attend anywhere in Osoyoos.