Wednesday April 23, 2014

Vernon man arrested after threatening to burn down house

A 56-year-old Vernon man had a date in court Thursday after leading police on a wild New Year's Day chase.

RCMP officers were alerted at 4:20 a.m. that a man had poured gasoline in a home on Dunwaters Road and threatened to set it on fire during a domestic assault, spokesman Gordon Molendyk said.

He fled in a family car, and police chased after him, but the pursuit was called off for safety reasons.

A spike belt in the area of Highway 97 and Old Kamloops Road flattened some of the vehicle's tires, but the driver continued toward Vernon city limits. Once again, police called off a pursuit for safety reasons.

A short time later, the man was spotted in Polson Park just south of the hospital and arrested after a brief foot chase.

He told police he had taken several Valium pills, so officers took him to hospital for assessment before putting him in jail.

The man is charged with assault, uttering threats, failure to stop for police, dangerous driving, assaulting a police officer and attempted arson.

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