CLOVERDALE â€” A police dog handler is recovering from his injuries after his K-9 Unit SUV rolled down a gully and crashed into a ditch in Cloverdale on Thursday night.
The officer was trying to stop an erratic, prohibited driver who led police on an hour-long â€œdangerous driving spreeâ€ throughout South Surrey and Cloverdale, Surrey RCMP Sgt. Dale Carr said.
The RCMP Air 1 helicopter started following the prohibited driver in South Surrey at about 9 p.m., after police received several 911 calls about a Pontiac Trans Am speeding, running lights and driving into oncoming traffic.
Eventually police arrested the driver, a 26-year-old Langley man, near 51B Avenue and 192nd Street. Carr said they recovered stolen licence plates, burglary tools and keys from the Trans Am.
â€œProlific offenders will often steal vehicle or licence plates and use them to commit other crimes,â€ Carr noted. â€œIn this case, the suspect put the lives of our officers and the public at risk through dangerous driving despite facing a ten-year driving prohibition,â€ Carr said. The suspectâ€™s name hasnâ€™t yet been released pending formal charges, but Carr said police know him well.
The injured K-9 Unit officer, who was airlifted to hospital, has been released. â€œThe police dog was checked over by a veterinarian, is uninjured and now at home with his handler,â€ Carr added.