Dog puts bite on suspect

A Vernon RCMP police service dog literally put the bite on a stolen car suspect.

A Vernon RCMP police service dog literally put the bite on a stolen car suspect.

A police officer patrolling the downtown area Saturday noticed two people in dark clothing run from the 7-Eleven in the 3200 block of 39th Avenue at around 11 p.m.

“The officer saw the two people run into a grey Jeep Liberty and take off from the area,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “Attempts to stop the car were unsuccessful.”

A description of the vehicle and its activity was dispatched to officers on shift, and the Jeep was found abandoned a short time later, about three blocks from where it was first spotted.

The vehicle had earlier been reported stolen out of Kelowna.

A police service dog was brought in, and the canine picked up the track and found one of the suspects trying to hurdle a fence.

The suspect didn’t make it as contact with the dog was made.

A second suspect was not found.

An 18-year-old man from Kelowna, believed to be the driver, was arrested and released on a promise to appear in court in the new year to face charges.