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Summerside man found by K-9 unit in custody after fleeing police

The Summerside police station is located in downtown.
The Summerside police station is located in downtown. - Jason Malloy
SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

A twenty-nine-year-old Summerside man is in custody and facing charges after fleeing from police late Thursday evening Summerside Police said in a media release.

Just after 11 p.m., a Summerside Police Services member on patrol in the Read Drive area attempted to stop a Volkswagen Jetta for taillight issues.

The vehicle fled at a high rate of speed, south bound on Route 1A, at which time the officer discontinued the attempted traffic stop for safety reasons.

An East Prince RCMP member who was on patrol in the area encountered the vehicle and attempted a second traffic stop.

The driver pulled over and ran from the vehicle into a wooded area while his passenger was briefly taken into custody.

An RCMP K-9 was called to assist and later located the driver and took him into custody.

The driver is facing a charge of flight from police as well as breaching release conditions to not operate a motor vehicle, which were imposed on him from previous driving related incidents.

The accused in this matter already has nine other criminal charges currently before the courts including two charges of flight from police and two charges of dangerous driving. He will appear in court today to answer to the most recent charges.

The passenger in the vehicle was released without charges.

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