It took several hours, but Mounties finally caught up with the alleged driver of a vehicle that rolled on Hwy. 3 east of Osoyoos Saturday.
The single-vehicle incident, near Mcguire Road — about 13 km east of Osoyoos — occurred just before 8 a.m. and resulted in critical injuries to a female passenger.
RCMP are reporting the rollover involved an older model Chevy Nova, which was observed by witnesses driving west-bound on Highway 3, swerving and passing other vehicles.
According to witnesses, the vehicle failed to negotiate a sharp curve and went straight off road, striking a ditch before rolling several times.
A female passenger was extracted by the Anarchist Mountain Fire Department and airlifted to hospital. A male passenger in the rear of the car received non-life threatening injuries and was transported to hospital.
The driver, however, was seen fleeing the area on foot. Police conducted an extensive search and found him about three hours later after he emerged from the thick brush.
The driver had minor injuries and was taken into custody for failing to remain at the scene of an accident. He was wanted on an outstanding warrant out of Penticton and was held in custody to appear on that warrant in court later that day.
Investigation of the collision is continuing, the RCMP says. Alcohol and speed are both being considered as factors.