Chilliwack/Hope – The driver of a vehicle that allegedly would not stop for the Chilliwack RCMP remains in custody facing criminal charges.
This started from a January 20, 2018 incident. The driver allegedly did not stop for a Chilliwack Traffic Service RCMP officer on Yale Road near Kerr Avenue.
Police began patrolling for the vehicle while forwarding the description to the RCMP Fraser Valley Traffic Service (FVTS) and neighbouring Upper Fraser Valley RCMP detachments.
Within an hour officers supported by RCMP Air Services (Air 1) located the vehicle abandoned on Laidlaw Road near Hope. RCMP officers from Chilliwack, Agassiz, Hope, FVTS and the Lower Mainland District Integrated Police Dog Service (IPDS) cordoned off the site where Police Service Dog Griff began following a track of human scent leading into the nearby woods.
The alleged driver of the SUV was quickly located by Griff and taken into custody.
Donald James Stoochnoff, 52, of Kelowna, faces criminal charges of fail to comply with recognizance, flight from police, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.
Mr. Stoochnoff remains in custody pending a court appearance later in January.