Charlie Lake man allegedly assaulted police dog during arrest in Prince George

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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — A Charlie Lake man is among a handful of suspects in custody for numerous charges in Prince George, one of which is for allegedly beating a police dog while trying to escape arrest.

32-year-old Colby Selly Johnson lives in Charlie Lake, but is a former resident of Prince George, where the incident took place. At the time of his arrest, RCMP says he was wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant for ‘Being Unlawfully at Large’ after he breached the conditions of his Parole.

On the morning of the Dec. 19, Prince George RCMP’s Street Crew Unit found what they believed were two stolen Ford trucks driven near the southern border of the City.

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When officers tried to pull the vehicles over, they drivers tried to flee from police. Shortly after this, RCMP says the driver of one of the trucks — a white Ford F-150 — jumped out of the truck and got into the other truck — a blue Ford F-350 driven by the other suspect — while both were still moving.

Members of the Prince George RCMP’s General Duty Section deployed a spike belt along Buckhorn Lake Road to try and stop their suspects. Despite driving over the belt and causing significant damage to their tires, the suspects continued to try and flee from officers — at this point, driving only with two tires and rims.

Traveling at a high rate of speed north bound on Highway 97 towards Prince George, the suspect driver continued along in the wrong lane towards oncoming traffic, and rolled into a ditch near Bowron road.

When he fled into the woods, an officer and Police Service Dog ‘Azar’ began to follow Johnson for two kilometres into deep snow. Azar was deployed by RCMP when he failed to comply, and police say Johnson began to punch and kick at the dog within seconds of being apprehended.

He was placed in handcuffs and treated at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. for minor bite wounds and injuries when the vehicle went off the road. Azar was found to be uninjured.

Johnson’s charges include theft over $5,000, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, flight from police, resisting arrest, and assault a police officer — for the assault of Azar.

After a thorough investigation, police have confirmed that the white Ford F-150 was stolen from Quesnel, and the blue Ford F-350 from Prince George, both earlier that morning. Evidence and stolen property were seized in the stolen vehicles.

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Two other suspects known to police, Prince George residents 35-year-old Dale Al West and 20-year-old Brittany Jean Schram, were arrested when they crawled out of the vehicle.

West is facing three counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, break & enter to steal a firearm, trafficking in property obtained by crime, theft over $5,000, flight from police, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

Schram is facing two counts of possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, break & enter to steal a firearm, theft over $5,000, flight from police, possession of a controlled substance, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.

Johnson, alongside West, will appear in court on Jan. 6, 2016. Schram was scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 24, 2015.

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