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Male arrested after crashing stolen vehicle and attempting to flee the scene on the Coquihalla.

Merritt RCMP Cpl Brock Hedrick says the incident occurred this morning at roughly 9:30am near the Britton Creek rest stop.

A 38-year-old male from Chilliwack was involved in a single vehicle collision while traveling towards Merritt, and after rolling the vehicle several times into the ditch, he eixted the vehicle and took off running.

"Witnesses reported to us that the male immediately left the vehicle and attempted to get away on foot. We were able to catch up with him near Britton Creek. Once we apprehended him we got in contact with the registered owner of the vehicle and they looked outside their home and realized it was missing."

The male apprehended was prohibited from driving and recently released from a Lower Mainland correctional institution.

Hedrick indicates he is facing several charges and will remain in custody until his first court appearance next week.


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