Police dog finds Kamloops suspect up a tree

Police dog Zak.
Image Credit: RCMP handout

A driver trying to evade police thought he'd found safety up a tree, but a Kamloops police dog wasn't fooled by foliage.

Kamloops RCMP say at approximately 2 a.m. today, March 5, they flooded the area of the 800 block of Shuswap Road to locate and arrest a dangerous driver.

The individual in question had previously been observed operating a vehicle with stolen plates. When police attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver fled from police driving dangerously.

"However, Kamloops RCMP members were able to locate the vehicle once again on Shuswap Road, and this time the driver attempted to evade police by driving through rural pasture properties towards the river," Staff Sgt. Mat. Van Laer said in a press release.

Once his vehicle got stuck, the driver fled on foot. A police dog was called to the scene and successfully located the driver a few hundred meters away, hiding up a tree.

"The quick response and containment from our officers tonight made for a successful arrest, without injuries to anybody including the suspect,"  Van Laer said.

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