A man accused of eluding RCMP August 15 following a hit-and-run incident on Anarchist Mountain is now behind bars.
Police say Jeffrey Pelly, 42, was arrested Sept. 12 after members of the Regional RCMP’s Targeted Enforcement Unit “attended a property in Osoyoos.”
“(It was a) great coordinated effort and intelligence led to this arrest,” said Const. Liam McCready. “Habitual offenders like (Mr.) Pelly create a lot of crime and use a lot of resources. It’s very good to have him back in jail.”
At the time of his arrest, Mr. Pelly was wanted on two separate warrants, one of which alleges he escaped police on August 21 by stealing a pickup truck.
He was also reportedly involved in an incident August 15 on Hwy. 3 about 25 km east of Osoyoos.
According to police, a Nissan Pathfinder driven by a man side-swiped a Ford 150 pickup towing a tent trailer just east of Wagon Wheel Road.
“The F150 and tent trailer were rendered inoperable and were blocking Hwy. 3. The road remained blocked for approximately an hour and 45 minutes,” said Sgt. Jason Bayda, the Osoyoos Detachment’s Area Commander.
The driver of the F150 and her two young children were shaken and assessed by EHS.
Sgt. Bayda said the driver of the Nissan fled the scene in his vehicle “only to ditch it a short distance away before fleeing through bushes on foot.”
Police Searched the area for several hours with a police dog from Penticton and an RCMP air plane from Kelowna but were unable to find the man.
Mr. Pelly appeared in court Thursday and was remanded into custody pending his next appearance Sept. 26.