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K9 sniffs out wanted man

A wanted Kelowna man was caught red handed Tuesday evening after fleeing from police and making a poor attempt to hide in a crawl space.

43-year-old David Andrew Bellefontaine, was at large on five outstanding warrants.

Cst. Kris Clark says on Tuesday the Kelowna RCMP Street Enforcement Team was actively looking to apprehend Bellefontaine who they believed knew about the warrants out for his arrest and was actively avoiding police.

“Investigators tracked the man to a known problem residence on the 2400 block of Charolais Road but found he was not there when they arrived,” explained Clark. “About to leave the area to continue their search, police spotted the man driving past in a pickup truck which suddenly sped away.”

Police followed Bellefontaine on a 'brief pursuit,' before he ditched the truck and fled into the same house police had just left.

“A police service dog was deployed and located the man hiding in the crawl space below the house,” said Clark.

Bellefontaine has been additionally charged with Obstruction, Flight from Police and Uttering Threats for threatening to kill a police service dog.

The man was taken into custody and appeared in court Wednesday, he is expected back in court June 3.

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