Suspect flees onto reserve to avoid cops

The Chawathil First Nation was on lock down Saturday, January 15, after a search began for a suspect who fled from police.

  • Jan. 20, 2011 2:00 p.m.

The Chawathil First Nation was on lock down Saturday, January 15, after a search began for a suspect who fled from police.

According to band members, police were stationed at the former band office at Highway 7, checking vehicles entering and leaving the reserve.

A stolen Peterbuilt flatdeck truck was dumped on the reserve, Saturday afternoon, after being taken from Langley earlier the same day, said Lea-Anne Dunlop, on behalf of the Hope RCMP.

“Police dog services attended and located one male suspect, age 44, of Langley B.C. He has been released to appear in court at a later date to face charges,” added Dunlop.

The male had reportedly fled from the truck and into a marshy area at the back of the reserve.

According to band members police continued to patrol the reserve lands into the night looking for a possible second suspect who may have also fled from the truck. No one was reported located.

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