A police chase early Thursday morning through Dawson Creek has resulted in a cache of firearms being discovered.
RCMP observed a suspicious vehicle near 107th Avenue at approximately 2:30am. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle however, the vehicle and drivers in it, fled.
When RCMP members located the vehicle it was abandoned but still running. Discovered inside was a loaded sawed-off shotgun and a loaded .22 handgun.
With the assistance from Dawson Creek's newest members; Constable Curtis Quanstrom and Police Service Dog "Hammer", a scent track was established leading officers to a nearby residence at which two male suspects were arrested and taken into police custody.
As a result of the police investigation, Devin Daniel Calliou, 24, has been charged with breach of a Conditional Release order, while 27 year-old and Jesse William Freeman has been charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm. Both men currently remain in police custody pending court appearances. Devin Calliou currently has several matters before the courts awaiting disposition including but not limited to; robbery, use of imitation firearm, kidnapping using a firearm, kidnapping, occupy a vehicle knowing a firearm was present, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a license, and possession of a prohibited and/or restricted firearm with ammunition.
Dawson Creek RCMP Staff/Sgt Damon Werrell notes that Devin Calliou is a recognized as a prolific offender, and that being in breach of court ordered conditions and inside a vehicle in which loaded firearms were found, is very concerning.
"Individuals such as this present a very real danger to the public and to police as they continue to be active in committing violent crime."
RCMP expect additional charges as this investigation unfolds.
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