March 13, 2019 5:34 pm

DNA evidence leads police to suspect in 3-year-old Kamloops hit-and-run

Police collected DNA evidence from the suspect vehicle in 2016, but were unable to make a match until this year.

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A B.C. man is facing a slew of charges related to a 2016 hit-and-run in Kamloops, after police used DNA evidence to track him down.

Joshua Joseph Pooli is facing charges of failure to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm, possession of stolen property and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.

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The charges stem from a collision on Aug. 28, 2016, when a female was struck by a vehicle on West Athabasca Street.

Police say the driver of the vehicle sped off, leaving the victim with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

The suspect vehicle was discovered later that day and was found to be stolen, according to police.

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Police were able to collect DNA evidence, but found no matches at the time. However, police say a suspect in Prince George recently came back as a match, prompting the arrest.

“We are very pleased that a suspect has been identified. This is a case where modern police investigative techniques … and patience … has paid off,” said Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie in a media release.

Police said Pooli will be transported to Kamloops to face the charges.

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