Prince George RCMP have arrested a 32-year-old Prince George man, known to police, after he attempted to elude police shortly before 7 a.m. Friday morning.
The incident began when an officer saw a vehicle that had been reported stolen earlier in the week near Fifth Avenue and Highway 97. Before the officer had an opportunity to try and pull the vehicle over, the stolen vehicle tried to take off, colliding with a curb making the vehicle inoperable. The driver, the only occupant of the vehicle, fled on foot behind a nearby residence where police lost sight. The RCMP’s Air 3 helicopter along with a police service dog were called in to assist.
The man was eventually located hiding under a stairwell in the rear of a residence by a police dog and has been arrested for possession of stolen property. The man was already being sought by police for another unrelated theft of vehicle. Charges will be requested for both investigations.
The man will be held to appear in court on these matters.
“Prince George RCMP continues to target prolific car thieves and will utilize what ever resources are required to apprehend those thieves, including calling in the North Districts new Air 3 helicopter which provides valuable assistance in these types of arrests,” said Staff Sgt Steve McLeod, in a news release. “It was this commitment to crime reduction, utilizing our police dog service and our helicopter that led to a quick and safe apprehension of this prolific offender.”
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