B.C. crime suspect attempts to flee RCMP on an ice floe
Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 2:20 PM - A 25-year-old woman was able to temporarily evade RCMP in Prince George, B.C. Sunday by using an ice floe to flee the scene of a crime.
According to the CBC, the woman, identified as Philicity Rhea Lafrenier, floated for two kilometres down the Nechako River on a block of ice before she was caught by a police dog when the floe drifted by the shore.
"She was located on a piece of ice on the Nechako River, which, at the best of times, is a dangerous place, much less in the winter with all the ice," RCMP Corporal Craig Douglass told the news publication.
Things became even more dangerous when the woman started a fire on the ice she was floating on, Douglass says.
"We believe she was trying to destroy evidence," he told the CBC.
Lafrenier has been charged with break and enter, mischief, possession of property obtained by crime, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and resisting arrest.
Police received a call Sunday afternoon when a homeowner returned home and found an intruder. The intruder fled the scene in a stolen car, drove to the river and jumped on the ice.
Douglass says her escape plan was "definitely a first."
"It's something we've never come across and probably never will again in our careers. We just shake our heads."