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Chilliwack drug dealer faces charges after early morning police chase

Antonio Nolasco Padia has a history of fleeing police and illegal drug trafficking
RCMP Sgt. Darren Stevely holds up a photo of 21-year-old Antonio Dillan Nolasco-Padia during a press conference in 2017 in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress file)

A Chilliwack drug dealer with a long history of fleeing from police is facing charges after an early morning vehicle chase last weekend that awoke some residents in Garrison Crossing.

Prolific offender and Chilliwack drug dealer Antonio Nolasco Padio is facing numerous charges after allegedly fleeing from police and assaulting at least one officer in the early hours of Jan. 3, 2021. (RCMP photo)
At approximately 2 a.m. on Jan. 3, a number of residents reported hearing fast moving vehicles and some saw as many as a dozen police vehicles on Sappers Way.

“I witnessed the car fly by the house followed by between 10 to 15, primarily police SUVs in tow, over the next three to five minutes,” one witness told The Progress. “He spun out/crashed at Sappers and Watson. Heard the police yell ‘put your hands up’ and muffled resistance.”

The man allegedly fleeing police was Antonio Dillan Nolasco Padio, 24, who has an extensive criminal record for drug trafficking, assaulting a peace officer and flight from a peace officer. He also has several convictions for driving while prohibited.

He was in the news in 2017 when he was wanted by the Chilliwack RCMP in connection with an August 18, 2017 drug bust. The then 21-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking in September 2018.

Then in 2019, Nolasco Padio was busted in Banff National Park with 55-year-old Dina Anthony after fleeing the scene of a traffic stop. He was allegedly driving the vehicle that was later stopped by a spike belt. He then continued in that vehicle into oncoming traffic where he tried to steal another vehicle by force before they were both arrested, according to RCMP at the time.

The vehicle contained fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine and a prohibited handgun.

After the Garrison Crossing incident on Jan. 3, 2021, Nolasco Padio was charged with dangerous operation of a conveyance, flight from police, wilfully resisting or obstructing a peace officer, assaulting peace officer, and two counts of driving while prohibited.

He is next due in court Jan. 11 for a scheduled bail hearing.

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