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High-speed chase, shots fired at police: Trial dates set

01/21/2014 08:59 EST | Updated 03/23/2014 05:59 EDT
Tentative trial dates have been set for September for three people allegedly involved in a high-speed chase in B.C.'s Okanagan, during which shots were fired at various police officers.

The three accused — Ashley Collins, Michael Ellis and Shawn Wysynski — face a total of 22 different charges ranging from attempted murder to dangerous driving, and robbery using a firearm.

The hour-long chase that brought our a dozen police cruisers in pursuit happened in July of 2012.

RCMP said it began when police officers spotted a suspicious-looking minivan near Boucherie Road in West Kelowna. The minivan wouldn't stop, and officers reported being shot at.

The van took off, hit a police roadblock, and then fled 80 kilometres on Westside Road, almost all the way to Vernon — with a dozen police cruisers in hot pursuit.

A witness to the chase reported almost being carjacked. There were also reports that during the chase one officer involved said: "He's shooting at me, he's shooting at me. He's shooting at me with a rifle."

The officer also reportedly said: "He's trying to push me off the road."

At some point the minivan was ditched, and the suspects were caught running out of a black pick-up truck that police stopped by using a spike belt.

Wysynski, Ellis and Collins each face multiple charges relating to the incident.

The trial itself is expected to begin in September and last for 12 weeks.

Prior to that, there will be a number of court dates to discuss possible admissible evidence, with the first of those hearings taking place on May 26.

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