Alleged thief attempts to flee RCMP on ice floe

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It’s one of those “only in Canada” kind of crime stories.

On Sunday, an accused thief fled from the Prince George RCMP on a piece of ice.

The pursuit began after a homeowner in rural Miworth, just west of Prince George, British Columbia, came home in the middle of the day to find a 25-year-old woman inside the house. The intruder immediately fled the scene in a stolen pickup truck.

With the RCMP on the way and only one road in and out of the rural community, the woman drove to the nearby Nechako River and hopped onto an ice floe.

“She was located on a piece of ice on the Nechako River, which, at the best of times, is a dangerous place,” RCMP Corporal Craig Douglass told CBC News.

But what’s even more dangerous, and perhaps even strange, is that she started a fire atop the ice floe.

“We believe she was trying to destroy evidence,” Douglass said.

According to reports, she managed to float two kilometres before a police dog tracked her down. The ice floe was close enough to shore that one of the Mounties was able to arrest her, despite her attempts to resist.

Local boaters politely offered to transport the Mountie, police dog, and suspect back up the river to where police vehicles were waiting.

The woman, who was identified as Philicity Rhea Lafreniere, was charged with break and enter, mischief, possession of property obtained by crime, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and resisting arrest.