Local man charged for Kamloops hit and run

A Prince George man has been charged for allegedly being behind the wheel during a hit and run in Kamloops more than two years ago.

Joshua Joseph Pooli, 29, previously from Kamloops, was arrested Wednesday, RCMP said.

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On the morning of Aug. 28, 2016, a woman suffered serious injuries when hit while jogging on West Athabasca Street.

The driver sped away, RCMP said, and while the suspect vehicle was found later the same day near Halston Pass, the driver remained at large. The vehicle had been stolen earlier that morning, RCMP said.

The suspect's DNA was found inside of the vehicle but, at the time, it did not match any of the samples within the national DNA data bank. But recently, the DNA was matched, RCMP said.

Joshua Joseph Pooli, previously from Kamloops was arrested in Prince George.

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

Pooli faces charges of failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm, possessing stolen property and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

He was released on $2,000 bail on the same day of his arrest.

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