QUESNEL, BC: A suspect remains in custody after a stolen vehicle incident during the overnight on Monday…
Police say the incident began at approximately 12:45 AM, when Quesnel RCMP received a report of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle had been left running with the keys in the ignition behind a Quesnel business and when the owner came out he witnessed a man speed away in his vehicle. The owner alerted police immediately.
The vehicle was located in the Bouchie Lake area a short time later. An officer attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver fled. The officer recognized the vehicle was being operated in an unsafe manner and did not pursue the driver but set up containment in the area. The vehicle was located abandoned a short distance away.
A Police Service Dog team attended from Prince George and a track led police to the suspect who was hiding in the nearby bush.
The suspect was apprehended after a brief struggle with the police dog. As a result of this struggle, the male received non life threatening injuries and was medically treated at hospital and returned to police custody.
Recently, Quesnel has experienced an increase in the theft of and from vehicles. Police are again reminding people to not leave their keys in their cars and to remove their belongings from inside their vehicles, in order to decrease the chances of being victimizedsaid Quesnel RCMP’s Staff Sergeant Andrew Burton, who added that police are continuing to target these types of crimes.
Quesnel RCMP is recommending several charges against the 26 year old Quesnel man including:
- Possession of Property obtained by Crime
- Flight from police
- Possession of break in instruments
- Fail to comply with a recognizance or undertaking
The man is being held in custody for his first appearance in court. His name is not being released until that court date is made.