Police dog locates suspect who escaped from Vernon officer

You can run but it's difficult to hide from a police dog.

On Thursday at about 10 a.m., an RCMP officer noticed a man leaving a residential complex on 27th Avenue. He was riding a bike and not wearing a helmet.

"Our officer stopped the man to speak to him," said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

"Our officer noticed the fellow was visibly nervous as he asked the man his name. When he provided it, our officer knew right away something was not right as the same name had been provided to him by someone else a few days before."

The officer then asked the individual for identification but the man did not immediately respond. Further inquiries determined the subject had medical papers in a different name than was provided.

"When our officer took out is cuffs to place him under arrest, the 18-year-old suspect twisted free from his grasp and took off running," said Molendyk.

At about 11:05 a.m., the officer was on 27th Avenue when he noted the same man running across the street in front of him. The suspect noticed the officer as well, sped up and disappeared around a hedge.

"It just happened that our police service dog team was not far away. They started to track the male a north from 27th Avenue from where he was last seen," said Molendyk.

"About 10 minutes later, the dog located the suspect in the 3500 block of 30th Avenue."

It turns out this suspect has warrants from both Squamish and the Cranbrook areas. He will also be facing new charges of obstruction of a police officer for his actions in Vernon.


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