• Thursday , 2 February 2023

Pruner hurt as stolen pickup makes surprise delivery in Oliver

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RCMP Cpl. Brian Evans investigates a stolen truck that plowed through a vineyard near Oliver last week. The driver fled but was identified thanks to quick-thinking vineyard workers.

Police are seeking an Oliver man they believe was the driver of a stolen truck that crashed into a vineyard and injured one of the people working there.

Just after 9 a.m. a black Ford F350 failed to negotiate a curve on Highway 97 near Road 11 and plowed through a vineyard, taking out numerous grape vines, posts and wiring.

Corporal Brian Evans of the Oliver RCMP said there were several migrant farm workers actively pruning vines when the truck careened into the vineyard. One worker was struck and suffered a broken arm.

Police determined that the truck had been stolen in Okanagan Falls on July 10, and the driver fled the vineyard before RCMP arrived.

“The quick thinking vineyard owner took a photograph of the driver,” Evans said. “As a result of his action, police determined the identity of the male, who is known to police and a resident of Oliver.”

Evans said police are actively looking for the male and will be recommending a number of charges to Crown counsel.

Lyonel Doherty
Aberdeen Publishing

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