Merritt RCMP have confirmed that a Vancouver Island man was arrested for assault with a weapon and mischief to property.
On May 12th, 2019 the Merritt Detachment received a call of a disturbance on Hwy 5 when an elderly man was seen trying to flag down traffic and appeared to be injured.
Members attended and the investigation revealed that a male suspect and his spouse were travelling from Alberta back to Vancouver Island when they got into a fight forcing the woman to pull over on the highway. Their vehicle was being followed by the male suspects 91-year-old grandfather. The grandfather attempted to intervene in the dispute and was allegedly also assaulted by the suspect. The suspect then obtained a pair of pliers and began to damage his grandfathers 68 Mustang.
The accused has a violent history and police are attempting to have him held in custody. He will make an appearance this week in Kamloops.
Mounties have also confirmed how a police car ended up with a smashed hood on Friday. A member of the Central Interior Traffic Services Unit was travelling west bound and going to stop a semi unit for speeding.
The semi truck pulled up to the 97C intersection with the police car behind it. At this point the driver of the semi truck realized he was in the wrong lane, placed the truck in reverse and backed up onto the hood of the police car causing extensive damage to the vehicle.
No one with injured in the incident and the truck driver was issued a violation ticket for driving without due care and attention.
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