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Police dog tracks down suspect in garden shed in Wingham

Valor, a seven-year-old German Shepherd, and his handler from the OPP West Region Canine Unit, tracked down a man in Wingham this past week. The accused is now facing over a dozen charges.

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.