Police dog Griff, who tracked a suspect from an abandoned car in Agassiz after RCMP tracked it from Chilliwack to Yale. (RCMP)

Agassiz, Hope men arrested after car chase, police dog pursuit across Fraser Valley

Agassiz RCMP continue to gather evidence on the Chilliwack vehicle theft

It took a spike belt and a police dog to track down the suspects in a car theft that took RCMP from Chilliwack to Hope.

Around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29, RCMP received a call about a car stolen from the 9300-block of Norwell Street in Chilliwack. Officers linked that call to a report of a suspicious vehicle in Yale, at the 31000-block of Douglas Street around 8:45 a.m.

Hope RCMP responded to that call, but the vehicle did not stop for police. It was later seen travelling westbound from Yale on Highway 7.

Agassiz RCMP met the car near the Highway 9 interchange, and used a spike belt to try and stop the car. The car did not immediately stop, and was found abandoned near Pixley Lane off Morrow Road not long after.

The Lower Mainland Integrated Police Dog Service also responded to the call and sent out Griff, a police dog with the unit, to track the suspects from the abandoned car.

Griff found a 33-year-old Hope man in the cedar hedge on the 7600-block of Industrial Way. Police took the man into custody; the suspect was released pending a court date in October 2019.

A 36-year-old man from Agassiz was also arrested, but released later that morning.

Agassiz RCMP and the Lower Mainland District Integrated Forensic Identification Service are continuing to gather evidence for the investigation. After a review of the evidence, it will be forwarded to the BC Prosecution Service for their assessment of criminal charges.

According to Upper Fraser Valley Regional District RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Mike Rail, the incident wouldn’t have ended the way it did without the work of police dog Griff.

“A team of RCMP and Lower Mainland Integrated Team resources were responsible for tracking the stolen vehicle across jurisdictional boundaries,” Rail said in a release. “However in the business of tracking it doesn’t hurt to have a ‘ringer’ like Griff in the field.”



grace.kennedy@ahobserver.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Chilliwack judge veers from joint submission, bumps up sex assault sentence

‘I find the joint submission is contrary to the public interest and I’m rejecting it’

VIDEO: Dramatic car fire on Highway 1 in Chilliwack

Vehicle on the shoulder of the westbound lanes west of Lickman Road Friday evening

Fraser Valley author launches second crime novel

Seamus Heffernan releases book Ten Grand on June 27 in Abbotsford

Chilliwack car show cancelled due to weather forecast

Popular Village Classic car show will not be rescheduled, say organizers

Judge gives 16 months jail for Abbotsford vehicle theft, flight from police, Chilliwack crash

Michael Joseph Hasell has more than four dozen criminal convictions in B.C. and Alberta

Protesters rally in Victoria over newly approved Trans Mountain pipeline

The Still No Consent! No Trans Mountain! 20 kilometre march will end at Island View Beach

Wildfire burning in coastal forest

A fire beside the Sea to Sky Highway is burning up a steep slope

PHOTOS: Event marks one year since soccer team rescued from Thai cave

Nine players and coach took part in marathon and bike event to help improve conditions at cave

Rock climber dies after fall at Stawamus Chief in Squamish

The man had fallen about 30 metres while climbing in the Grand Wall area

Five B.C. students taken to hospital after playing with vaping device

School district said students were taken to hospital ‘out of an abundance of caution’

Being a pot dealer is not what it used to be

Sunday Big Read: the business of selling marijuana in B.C. is a slow bureaucratic slog

VIDEO: Two more pride flags have been stolen from Langley woman

Lisa Ebenal was “angry” and “fed up” after the latest theft. Then people started showing suppport

Canucks acquire forward J.T. Miller from Lightning

J.T. Miller, 26, had 13 goals and 34 assists for the Lightning last season

Most Read