RCMP say a 25-year-old man faces a litany of charges including dangerous driving and assault with a weapon after a single-vehicle crash in the parking lot of the Salmo Curling Club late Saturday.
According to Staff Sgt. Dan Seibel, around 11 p.m. they arrived to find a 1991 Chev Blazer had hit a cement barricade and flipped on its roof, causing considerable damage to the truck.
“Witnesses added that the vehicle had been driven towards them and that the driver had attempted to run them over,” Seibel says.
They said they had been talking to the man behind the club earlier in the evening, but he left after an argument.
Immediately after the collision, the man, who was apparently unhurt, tried to run away.
Seibel says a witness tried to subdue the man, however he pulled a knife and made threats, so the Good Samaritan backed away as the suspect took off.
Police identified the suspect and learned that the Blazer had been stolen in Salmo earlier in the evening. Members of the Salmo RCMP detachments worked together to locate and arrest the suspect at his home. He’s being held in custody pending a court appearance Tuesday in Rossland.
He faces charges of dangerous driving, assault with a weapon, uttering threats, and theft of a vehicle. Police say alcohol was a factor, and they’re recommending impaired driving charges as well.
No one was injured in the incident.
Any witnesses who haven’t been contacted by the police are asked to phone the Salmo detachment to provide statements.