WINGHAM – A Goderich resident is facing over a dozen charges after he was tracked down by Valor, a member of the OPP Canine Unit, and his handler from the West Region Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Canine Unit last weekend in Wingham.
On Oct. 23 at approximately 2:12 a.m. a Huron OPP officer initiated a traffic stop of a sport utility vehicle at the edge of Wingham on Kerr Drive. The driver failed to pull over and immediately took off from the officer.
The driver led the officer on a short chase before he drove his vehicle down a dead-end road and skidded into a guard rail. Police say the driver exited his vehicle and fled on foot.
Officers set up containment and with the help of Valor, a seven-year-old German Shepherd, officers tracked the fleeing suspect to a garden shed on Josephine Street. Police say Valor also sniffed out a package of suspected methamphetamine that the suspect had thrown away during the chase.
The accused, 28-year-old Brandon Dyck of Goderich, has been charged with:
- flight from peace officer;
- dangerous operation;
- five counts of operation while prohibited;
- failure to comply with release order;
- possession of a Schedule I substance – methamphetamine;
- two counts of driving while under suspension;
- operate a motor vehicle without insurance;
- operate unsafe vehicle; and
- use plate not authorized for vehicle.
Dyck remains in custody and was scheduled to appear in Goderich court on Oct. 28.