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Suspect chased through hills

A police dog in Nanaimo is receiving extra treats after helping arrest a suspect during a two-hour trek through deep snow in freezing temperatures.

RCMP say on Feb. 16 a 36-year-old man and 29-year-old woman broke into a cabin at the Deadwood Creek Campsite, reports CTV News.

The pair was caught by the owners of the cabin, who called RCMP and dragged the couple out to the campground's main gate.

On the way, the man allegedly sprayed the owners with bear spray and ran away, leaving his companion behind.

Police dog Jager led officers through steep, mountainous and snowy terrain, at one point wading through freezing water, in what Const. Josh Grafton called one of his toughest searches ever.

Jager eventually tracked down the suspect, biting him multiple times.

Due to the remote area, Nanaimo Search and Rescue and additional officers were needed to help the mounties bring the suspect back to civilization.

David Banford is now facing charges of break and enter and assault with a weapon. The female suspect also faces a break-and-enter charge.

with files from CTV Vancouver Island 



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