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Police K9 tracks man fleeing from stolen vehicle crash in Kelowna

'Fitz' the police dog.
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May 21, 2019 - 2:45 PM

KELOWNA - A Kelowna police dog tracked a suspect involved in a hit and run leading to the early morning arrest of a 35-year-old man.

According to a Kelowna RCMP media release, officers received a report just before 4 a.m. today, May 21, of a man running on foot from the vehicle he was driving after it collided with a parked and unoccupied truck in the 500 block of Glenmeadows Road.

"The sounds from the crash woke the owner of the Titan who rushed outside his home to investigate,” Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said in the release. "Front line officers arrived on scene to find vehicle parts strewn all over the roadway, and the heavily damaged Chevrolet Cobalt idling nearby. Investigators determined that the abandoned sedan had been reported, in late April, to Williams Lake RCMP as stolen."

Officers at the scene began searching for the suspect who with the help of Police Service Dog 'Fitz'  located the man allowing the officer to make an arrest.

A 35-year-old man, known to police, remains in police custody and faces numerous charges.

Police request anyone who may have witnessed the crash but not spoken to police to contact them at 250-762-3300.

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