UPDATE: Owner of stolen truck describes wild ride through Kamloops – CFJC Today Kamloops

The incident on Westsyde Road on Wednesday that featured a pickup truck being driven erratically at estimated speeds of more than 100 km/h — with a man clinging to the back and swinging a chain at the driver — turned out to be a stolen vehicle, with the owner hanging on.

The truck, with two people in the cab, eventually crashed into a field in north Westsyde, where the vehicle burst into flames. The two people inside the truck were taken to Royal Inland Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, while the vehicles owner in the bed of the truck was not hurt.

“We are very thankful that there were no serious injuries to anyone involved in this situation,” says Cpl. Jodi Shelkie. “We suggest that the public contacts the police if they witness a stolen vehicle being driven. Luckily, the owner was not injured but it could have been a very different outcome.”

Owner clings to back of stolen truck, unhurt in fiery crash – Kamloops News

The wild ride was witnessed by dozens of people, with many posting photos and video on social media channels.

"It then went down Singh Street, Ord Road and made its way onto Westsyde Road … with the owner still clinging onto the back of the pickup truck," states the release.

Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said police were called at 12:45 p.m. to investigate reports of a truck driving dangerously northbound on Westsyde Road, with a man in the flatbed of the vehicle.

It appears that a friend of the trucks owner saw the stolen vehicle when he was driving on the Halston Connector, Shelkie said. The friend contacted the owner and followed the truck, updating the owner as to its location. The truck stopped in a residential area of Brocklehurst long enough for the owner to attend. When the owner approached the vehicle, the suspects started to drive away, so the owner jumped on the back of the flatbed pick-up.

"Officers attempted to put out the flames with fire extinguishers but were not successful and the vehicle was engulfed," according to the release.

The driver of the stolen truck then raced down Parkcrest Avenue, where it hit a power pole, before going down Singh Street and Ord Road before making its way onto Westsyde Road, with the owner still clinging onto the back of vehicle.

Shelkie said reports from witnesses indicate the truck was driving into oncoming traffic, running red lights and, at times, exceeding 100 km/hr on Westsyde Road.

It also struck three other moving vehicles, Shelkie said. Luckily, there were no injuries to any of the occupants in these vehicles.

Witnesses have told police the truck drove through oncoming traffic, ran red lights and topped out at over 100 km/h while barrelling through Westsyde.

She said officers rushed down Westsyde Road and came across the scene of the truck ablaze in a field. The truck had left Westsyde Road, crashed through a fence and ended up in a field, where it then burst into flames.

Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says police were notified of a pickup driving erratically, heading northbound on Westsyde Road, around 12:45 p.m today, Oct. 16.

Shelkie said officers tried to douse the fire with extinguishers, but were not successful as the vehicle was engulfed.

We are very thankful that there were no serious injuries to anyone involved in this situation, Shelkie said. We suggest that the public contacts the police if they witness a stolen vehicle being driven. Luckily, the owner was not injured, but it could have been a very different outcome.

A truck involved in a burning crash near Kamloops Wednesday was stolen on Oct. 11, according to police.

Police arrested two suspects at the scene before they were taken to have non-life threatening injuries looked at.

"When the owner approached the vehicle, the suspects started to drive away so the owner jumped on the back of the flatbed pickup," Kamloops RCMP said in a press release.

"A man could be seen on the flatbed of the pickup truck as it was moving," she says in a news release.

After the truck took off it, it allegedly hit a power pole on Parkcrest Avenue before heading north.

Police were able to catch up to the truck after it crashed through a fence, into a field, and caught fire.

"It then went down Singh Street, Ord Road and made its way onto Westsyde Road … with the owner still clinging onto the back of the pickup truck," police say.

Witnesses have told police the truck drove through oncoming traffic, ran red lights and topped out at over 100 km/h while barrelling through the Westsyde area.

Police were able to catch up to the truck after it crashed through a fence, into a field, and caught fire.

"Officers attempted to put out the flames with fire extinguishers, but were not successful and the vehicle was engulfed."

“We are very thankful that there were no serious injuries to anyone involved in this situation,” says Cpl. Jodi Shelkie. “We suggest that the public contacts the police if they witness a stolen vehicle being driven. Luckily, the owner was not injured, but it could have been a very different outcome.”