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Man faces 13 charges following two days of havoc in Castlegar


From traffic stop to dangerous driving incidents and assault, suspect now in custody following two days of Havoc on the streets of Castlegar.


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A 28-year-old Lake Country man is in custody and facing 13 charges in connection with two days of havoc, including dangerous driving and a carjacking, on the streets of Castlegar.

The trouble started on Nov. 6 when Castlegar RCMP attempted to pull over a pickup truck with a burnt out headlight.

Police say the driver refused to pull over and fled at a high rate of speed, but was not pursued by the RCMP.

During his flight from police, the truck’s driver collided with an RCMP cruiser and avoided a spike belt. Police managed to make the arrest after the truck crashed into — and became lodged on top of — a cement barrier.

Police found more than $10,000 in cash along with a small amount of suspected methamphetamine and cannabis inside the truck.

The driver was processed that night and then released.

But, police say, he was just getting started.

Once back on the street, the man is alleged to have assaulted and attempted to rob a woman who had given him a ride.

The woman got away, but police say the man stole her car and took off at great speed through a construction zone, almost hitting a flagger and several workers, before being slowed by a flat tire on Highway 3.

Police say the man attempted to run a pickup truck off the road, assaulted the driver of the pickup truck and tried to steal the vehicle before a passing semi-truck driver intervened and subdued the man.

But that wasn’t the end of things.

“The male negotiated his release and then attempted to steal the semi-truck. Eventually the semi-truck driver was able to gain control of the male and held him for police,” Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk said in a release.

Sean Patrick Byrne from Lake Country is now facing a 13 charges including robbery, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police, impaired driving, assault, and assault with a weapon, theft, possession of stolen property, and drug charges.

He remains in custody until his next court appearance on Dec. 6.


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