Kamloops police dog tracks down suspect in car chase
Ashley Legassic - Reporter
Fargo the Kamloops police dog assisted in the arrest of a suspect.
Image Credit: RCMP
November 01, 2017 - 3:12 PM
KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops man will be appearing in court after trying to evade the police in a car and on foot before being tracked down by a police dog early yesterday morning.
Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says in a news release at approximately 2 a.m. yesterday, Oct. 31, a Kamloops police officer saw an eastbound vehicle on Valleyview Drive driving at a high rate of speed.
The officer turned on his lights and tried to pull the vehicle over but the suspect, later identified as a 22-year-old Kamloops man known to police, sped up. Shelkie says the driver lost control as he went around the corner, crossing into the opposing lane, going over the curb, across two lanes and three driveways before coming to a stop.
The driver got out of the vehicle and allegedly ran away. The officer on scene called the Kamloops RCMP Police Dog Services and the canine unit tracked the suspect to a business parking lot on Highway 1 East, Shelkie says.
The police dog, Fargo, found the suspect hiding in some bushes. The suspect allegedly punched at the police dog but the dog quickly subdued him and pulled him out of the bushes, Shelkie says.
Police arrested the suspect afterward without incident. He was treated at a medical facility afterward for injuries he received from the police dog, however Fargo was uninjured.
Shelkie says the suspect was prohibited from driving at the time, the vehicle did not have insurance, and the wrong plate was on the vehicle. The man is facing charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and flight from police.
He's set to appear in court later this month. His identity has not been released.
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