Slocan Lake RCMP used force to remove a duo from their camper van after they refused to cooperate with police.
On March 8, at around 10:20 p.m., officers attempted to stop a camper van that was travelling southbound on Highway 6 near Hills. The vehicle was driving on the shoulder of the road obstructing traffic and moving at speeds of 30 km/h an 80 km/h zone. RCMP also noted there was no license plate on the van.
When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, it continued on until Rosebery prior to pulling over.
Once stopped, the man driving and the woman in the passenger seat refused to identify themselves to police and were both arrested for obstructing a police officer. Additional police attended and had to forcibly remove both occupants from the vehicle leading to minor injuries of the male suspect and one police officer.
The two were not known to police and determined to be transient.
Once the identity of the individuals was confirmed, both were released from custody with a requirement to attend the Nakusp Provincial Courthouse on April 25.
Police are recommending charges of obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest against the female passenger. Charges of assaulting a police officer, obstructing a police officer, and resisting arrest are being recommended against the male driver. Both suspects have also been charged with a number of offences under the Motor Vehicle Act.
Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying motorists that may have witnessed this incident. Please contact the Slocan Lake RCMP at 250-358-2222 with any pertinent information.