Nanaimo police dog ‘Juice’ helps nab multi-jurisdiction offender after report of a suspicious vehicle

Nanaimo police dog ‘Juice’ helps nab multi-jurisdiction offender after report of a suspicious vehicle
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Photo courtesy Nanaimo RCMP.

Photo courtesy Nanaimo RCMP.

A man with a history of property related offences on Vancouver Island and Alberta was arrested in a stolen vehicle Monday in Nanaimo.

RCMP responded to a report of a vehicle partially blocking a driveway on Young Road in south Nanaimo, which police determined was a silver Fiat that had been stolen from the Duncan area three days earlier.

Police followed the car to a home in Wexford Road and when they tried to stop it, the driver attempted to avoid arrest, which led to minor front end damage to two police vehicles.

Nanaimo RCMP says Cst. Wurzinger and RCMP dog “Juice” approached and were able to take the driver into custody while the vehicle was stationary.

The Mounties say 27-year-old Davin Cochrane was taken to hospital to be treated for several dog bites while being removed from the vehicle, and then was taken to the Nanaimo RCMP detachment.

Cochrane was charged with possession of stolen property over $5,000 and failure to stop for police and after an appearance in court Tuesday, he is remanded in custody awaiting another court date on Feb. 12.

Nanaimo RCMP says Cochrane recently arrived on Vancouver Island and is believed to be involved in a number of property related investigations for detachments in Nanaimo, Duncan, Port Alberni and Oceanside.

Cochrane is currently charged with five counts of possession of stolen property and other property offences in Grand Prairie, AB.

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