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Spike belt, police dog used to arrest suspect
On the afternoon of Wednesday October 2, a member of the Prince George RCMP located a stolen 2006 Ford F350 pickup truck being driven by one of the detachment's most prolific offenders.
Paul Daniel Shaw, a 29-year-old Prince George resident, was observed driving the vehicle along River Road. Shaw has an extensive history of stealing vehicles, ramming police vehicles and attempting to flee from police, according to police.
As a result of his previous history with police, a spike belt was deployed on River Road near the Cameron Street Bridge. After driving over the spike belt, Shaw fail to stop for police and continued to drive for close to two kilometres before ramming a police vehicle on North Nechako Road.
Police officers were able to box the stolen vehicle in, causing it to come to a rest. Despite warnings from police to stop, Shaw attempted to flee the vehicle out the passenger side, but was swiftly apprehended by police service dog Azar. Shaw was found in possession of a significant amount of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine.
He was transported by the BC Ambulance Service to the University Hospital of Northern BC for treatment of minor bite wounds to one of his arms. Shaw has been remanded in custody at least until his next court date scheduled for Wednesday October 9.
He is facing the following Crown Counsel approved charges: Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000 Fail to Stop for Police Obstructing a Peace Officer Driving While Prohibited Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Assaulting a Peace Officer Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (3 counts) The Ford F350 was confirmed stolen from a residence on Graves Road on September 30th, 2013.
At the time of the theft, some rock core samples were in the back of the truck. They were not in the truck at the time of the recovery. Anyone with information about the core samples or where they might be, are requested to call the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300. Shaw was sentenced to 11 months in jail following a December 2011 incident where an officer responded to a report of a man sleeping in a running vehicle. Upon waking the driver to ensure he was alright, the driver put the vehicle into gear and rammed five vehicles and two police cars before departing the area. He was arrested later that day.