Police vehicle rammed in wanted woman’s attempt to evade capture

Salmon Arm, Clinton, Ashcroft, Hundred Mile House, B.C. Southeast District, Kelowna

2020-02-17 14:20 PST

File # 2020-202

A 100 Mile House woman, wanted on multiple warrants for her arrest, now faces a number of new criminal charges for crimes she allegedly committed in communities across the southern interior of British Columbia.

On February 16, 2020 at approx. 10 p.m., Ascroft RCMP was alerted to a suspect vehicle reportedly associated to fuel thefts in the District of Logan Lake, last seen travelling towards its area of jurisdiction. The suspect silver Honda Civic hatchback was spotted by a frontline officer along Highway 97C near Mesa Vista Drive.

An attempt was made to stop the suspect vehicle, which left the highway and eventually entered into a residential driveway in an effort to evade police. With no other alternate exits, the officer positioned his police vehicle in an attempt block the suspect’s only escape route. The suspect allegedly accelerated towards and collided with the fully marked police vehicle, becoming wedged between the RCMP cruiser and another unoccupied vehicle parked in the driveway.

The officer emerged from his damaged cruiser and ordered the female suspect out of her vehicle, states Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District. The woman ignored the officer’s commands and continued to accelerate in an attempt to push through the blockade. She eventually turned off the vehicles ignition, but when the officer went to reposition, she re-started her engine, suddenly reversed and accelerated towards the police officer and crashed through the blockage.

It is very fortunate that our officer managed to jump onto the hood of his cruiser, and wasn’t seriously injured in the confrontation, adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.

The suspect returned to the highway, where she continued north towards the Village of Clinton. Frontline RCMP officers in Clinton were forced to deploy a spike belt at the edge of town. The effective deployment of the spike belt aided in the eventual safe capture of the suspect.

44-year-old Diane Carol Priester, of 100 Mile House, was held in police custody overnight. She was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants for her arrest for crimes allegedly committed in Kelowna, Salmon Arm and 100 Mile House. She has now been formally charged by the BC Prosecution Service with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, assault a police officer with a weapon, resist or obstruct a peace officer, possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of a break-in instrument and 2 counts of breach of a release order in connection to last night’s incident. She is expect to appear in Kamloops Law Courts next on February 20, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

Anyone with any additional information is asked to contact the Ashcroft RCMP at 250-453-2216.
 

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Cpl. Jesse O'Donaghey

District Advisory NCO (Media Relations)
Southeast District
170-395 Penno Road Kelowna, BC V1X 7W5
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Email: jesse.odonaghey@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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