Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Foot Pursuit leads to Arrest in Gorge Waterway #yyj @VicpdCanada

File # 12-43345
Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Foot Pursuit leads to Arrest in Gorge Waterway

Victoria BC – A 19-year-old Victoria man is in police custody after fleeing a traffic stop and fighting with officers and a Police Service Dog in the Gorge Waterway.

Last night at approximately 10 p.m. a VicPD patrol officer conducted a traffic stop in the 300-block of Gorge Road East. When the officer approached the vehicle, he noticed the passenger was a well-known Victoria drug dealer who appeared to be breaching his court-ordered curfew.

The officer called for backup in order to safely arrest the violent man. As the K9 officer arrived, the suspect opened the passenger door and fled from the area. Both officers and Police Service Dog Conan gave chase down the embankment and onto the Galloping Goose trail.

The suspect disregarded all calls for him to stop and PSD Conan was sent to take him into custody. The suspect fled into the woods and neither PSD Conan nor the suspect was visible to the officers. PSD Conan returned and officers finally spotted the suspect who was now wading into the Gorge Waterway.

Officers repeatedly called to the suspect, but he continued to try to escape. PSD Conan was sent in again and this time was able to take hold of the suspect. As the water and current were pulling the suspect and PSD Conan, both officers entered the water to make the arrest.

As officers got beside the suspect, he continued to fight. It took both officers and PSD Conan to finally arrest the suspect, and bring him back to the shore, from what was now, waist deep water.

The suspect was given medical attention for the dog bite and is now facing four new charges. He was held in jail for a court appearance this morning.

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