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Police searching for 'armed and dangerous' man in the northern Interior

Police in the BC Interior are on the lookout for an "armed and dangerous man."

According to RCMP, on Tuesday at 2:21 pm, officers in Williams Lake received a report of an erratic driver in the Wild Wood area. A man, who was spotted driving a red 2001 Chevrolet Impala southbound on Hwy 97, was passing vehicles at high speeds in a dangerous manner on double solid lines, with the presence of oncoming traffic.

Police attempted to stop the car in the city, though they were unsuccessful. During their efforts, the suspect vehicle even collided with a cruiser.

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After the suspect fled along Hwy 97 to Dog Creek, officers opted not to pursue in order to protect the public.

A short time later, the vehicle was located abandoned in a rural wooded area just outside the city. Even with the use of RCMP helicopter, police dogs, and all-terrain vehicles, officers were unable to locate the suspect.

Police urged the public to stay indoors yesterday while they continued their search. Residents are reminded that the man is still on the loose, so being aware of where you are and our surroundings are crucial.

"This remains a high priority investigation for the Williams Lake RCMP and the safety of our community is of the utmost importance," said S/Sgt. Del Byron.

The man is believed to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is urged to call Williams Lake RCMP at (250)392-6211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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