Caught on cam: Flee­ing sus­pect bit­ten by po­lice dog on Granville

The Miracle - - National & Int -

Dash­cam video has sur­faced show­ing Van­cou­ver po­lice chas­ing a sus­pect back and forth across busy Granville Street be­fore a ca­nine of­fi­cer catches him and sinks its teeth into his leg. The dra­matic video was posted onto YouTube Mon­day, but ap­pears to show the fi­nal mo­ments of a tense foot pur­suit that hap­pened last week near Granville and South­west Ma­rine Drive. It shows the flee­ing sus­pect trip and fall in the mid­dle of the road, giv­ing the po­lice dog a chance to latch onto him. At least seven of­fi­cers, most of them in plain­clothes, then ap­proach the man and be­gin punch­ing and kick­ing him as they place him in hand­cuffs. Po­lice said they were try­ing to ar­rest three break-in sus­pects on the af­ter­noon of Nov. 30 when one of the men bolted and al­legedly tried to car­jack two ve­hi­cles to es­cape, in­clud­ing a taxi. The YouTube video be­gins with a man ap­proach­ing a cab near the Chevron gas sta­tion be­fore sev­eral un­marked po­lice ve­hi­cles pull up and of­fi­cers be­gin run­ning to­ward him. The sus­pect runs across all six lanes of traf­fic in a des­per­ate bid to evade po­lice be­fore turn­ing back to­ward the Chevron, where he falls down and is placed un­der ar­rest. Gra­ham Scott Beat­tie, a 40-year-old Sur­rey res­i­dent, has since been charged with two counts of break­ing into a dwelling and one count of at­tempted theft of an auto over $5,000. The ac­cused, who had to be taken to hospi­tal af­ter the ar­rest, ap­peared in court Tues­day with a gash sev­eral inches long on his right cheek. His case was ad­journed un­til Fri­day. Two counts of break­ing into a dwelling have also been ap­proved against Rich­mond res­i­dent Harold Ja­son Gillis, 42, and Van­cou­ver res­i­dent Joseph Leon Kidd, 34, is fac­ing one count. Though of­fi­cers man­aged to ar­rest all three sus­pects, the in­ci­dent was an em­bar­rass­ment for Van­cou­ver po­lice – a sec­ond ca­nine of­fi­cer that was in­volved in the chase at­tacked a 75-year-old by­stander. Const. Ja­son Doucette said the vic­tim just hap­pened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. “Our goal here is to ar­rest the bad guys and en­sure pub­lic safety, and in this sit­u­a­tion some­thing didn’t go as planned,” Doucette told re­porters last week. “Our dog bit some­one that wasn’t the in­tended tar­get.” The se­nior had to be treated in hospi­tal as well.

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