Penticton man reaches dead end with RCMP

A Penticton man is in custody on assault and weapons charges after allegedly ramming a Prince George RCMP car.

MIchael Daniel Jakins, 33, has been charged with assaulting a peace officer with a weapon, fleeing police, carrying a concealed weapon and two counts of possessing a weapon dangerous to the public peace.

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Police said the trouble began at about 2:30 a.m. when an officer on patrol observed a driver committing a traffic offence while driving along Strathcona Avenue and attempted to pull the vehicle over.

The driver refused to stop and continued west before coming to a dead end. When the officer attempted to block him in, the driver rammed the RCMP vehicle, police said.

Jakins and a passenger were arrested without further incident and the officer was not injured.

A search of the vehicle uncovered bear spray, knives and a small amount of what is believed to be fentanyl, according to RCMP.

Jakins was also found to be wanted on a Canada-wide warrant out of Vancouver on charges of breaking and entering, possessing break-in Instruments and driving while prohibited.

Jakins will remain in custody for at least a week, pending a court appearance next Wednesday.

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