Police bust woman for vehicle theft and assaulting a Mountie with bear spray

A 31-year-old Vernon woman was arrested Wednesday, August 13, and charged with a number of serious offences after a Revelstoke RCMP officer was assaulted with bear spray.

This incident began at 3 am on Wednesday when the local detachment received a complaint about a woman who parked her vehicle in resident’s driveway and walked into the their backyard asking for gas or money for gas.

Staff Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky said an officer attended the scene but the woman fled in her vehicle when approached by the officer.

“The vehicle, a blue Toyota Tacoma pickup was later located on the Trans- Canada Highway and a traffic stop by police was attempted,” he said in a statement. “The female refused to comply with police directions and at some point assaulted the investigating officer with bear spray. The female then departed in her vehicle once again. However, the vehicle was located approximately 1 km further east on the Trans-Canada Highway.”

Meanwhile, police had determined that Toyota Tacoma was stolen from a residence in Sorrento overnight and was related to another motor vehicle theft from Vernon.

“By approximately 8 am on Wednesday… the female was located and arrested without incident with the assistance of the RCMP Police Services Dog section handler and dog from Vernon,” Grabinsky said, adding that she was arrested at Albert Canyon Hot Springs were she was trying to avoid arrest. “The 31-year-old female from Vernon will face charges of Obstructing a Police Officer, Resisting a Police Officer, Assaulting a Police Officer, Possession of Stolen Property Over $5,000, Trespassing by Night, and Breach of a Probation Order.

“The Revelstoke RCMP would like to thank all the motorists who assisted the RCMP on the Trans-Canada Highway during the search for the female. As always, citizens are encouraged to contact the RCMP if they observe any suspicious behaviour.”