Suspect escaping arrest allegedly rams into police vehicle, nearly strikes officer

Feb 18 2020, 11:12 am

An RCMP officer in the BC interior narrowly avoided injury over the weekend after a suspect attempting to evade arrest allegedly rammed into a police car.

According to a police statement, the incident took place on Saturday at approximately 10 pm. The Ascroft RCMP was alerted to a suspect vehicle that was “reportedly associated to fuel thefts” in a nearby area.

The suspect vehicle, a silver Honda Civic hatchback, was spotted by the officer along Highway 97C.

When police attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, the driver left the highway and escaped into a residential driveway. The police officer reportedly “positioned his police vehicle” in an attempt to block the suspect’s escape route.

Police say that the driver allegedly accelerated and rammed the police car and in the process became wedged between the cruiser and a civilian vehicle that was parked in the driveway.

The officer emerged from his damaged cruiser and ordered the female suspect out of her vehicle, writes Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey, Spokesperson for the RCMP Southeast District. The woman ignored the officer’s commands and continued to accelerate in an attempt to push through the blockade.

O’Donaghey says that the woman turned off her engine momentarily, only to restart the engine and attempt to ram through again when the police officer tried to reposition.

It is very fortunate that our officer managed to jump onto the hood of his cruiser, and wasn’t seriously injured in the confrontation, adds Cpl. O’Donaghey.

The female suspect managed to return to the highway, where she was eventually stopped by a spike belt deployed by additional RCMP officers.

Diane Carol Preister, 44-year-old, a 100 Mile House resident, now faces several new criminal charges. She was previously wanted on multiple outstanding arrest warrants for alleged crimes in Kelowna, Salmon Arm, and 100 Mile House.

Preister has been charged by the BC Prosecution Service with Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, Flight from police, Assault of a police officer with a weapon, Resist and obstruct a peace officer, Possession of stolen property under $5,000, Possession of a break-in instrument, and two counts of breaching a release order.

She’ll make an appearance in Kamloops Law Courts Later this week.