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Vanderhoof man arrested after fleeing from police
Vanderhoof man wanted on arrest warrants is in custody and facing a number of new charges following an attempt to flee from police Saturday afternoon. Just before 3:30 p.m. the Prince George RCMP were requested by Vanderhoof RCMP to attempt to arrest a man wanted in their community. Local officers attended a retail store on Domano Boulevard where the 34-year-old man was believed to be working. On arrival to the store, the officer located the suspect and placed him under arrest after he provided a false name. While attempting to restrain the man, police say the officer was assaulted by the suspect, who then escaped the store on foot and into a wooded area. Multiple police officers including a police service dog and handler were called in to assist. At approximately 4 p.m. the polce service dog located the suspect hiding in the bushes. Despite commands to stop, the suspect attempted to flee from police running into a nearby shopping complex parking lot, according to the RCMP press release. At this point, the suspect entered the back seat of a slowly moving vehicle and demanded the driver keep driving. The vehicle was blocked in by police and the suspect was ordered to exit the vehicle. Still refusing to follow police commands, the suspect was extracted by the polce service dog and handler. Moments later, the suspect was handcuffed and taken into custody. The suspect received injuries to his leg consistent with dog bites and was taken to the University Hospital of Northern BC for treatment. Upon release from hospital, the suspect will be held until he can participate in a bail hearing. Police will be requesting he remain in custody. In addition to the Vanderhoof theft under $5,000 charge, the suspect is now facing a number of other possible charges including: resisting arrest, assaulting a police officer, escaping lawful custody, and The officer was not hurt in the initial altercation.