DNA leads to charges in 2016 hit and run in Kamloops

On the morning of Aug. 28, 2016, a female jogger was struck on West Athabasca Street by a vehicle that sped away without rendering assistance. The jogger sustained serious, but not life-threatening injuries. Joshua Joseph Pooli has been charged

DNA evidence has led to charges being laid against a 29-year-old man in connection with a hit and run case from 2016.

Mounties have arrested former Kamloops resident Joshua Joseph Pooli, who was living in Prince George when he was arrested.

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“We are very pleased that a suspect has been identified. This is a case where modern police

investigative techniques … and patience … has paid off,” stated Cpl. Jodi Shelkie in a press release.

On the morning of Aug. 28, 2016, a female jogger was struck on West Athabasca Street by a vehicle that sped away without rendering assistance.

The jogger sustained serious, but not life-threatening injuries.

Kamloops Mounties searched the area and discovered the suspect vehicle near the Halston Street Bridge. It had been stolen earlier that morning.

According to police, Pooli’s DNA was found inside the vehicle, but it did not match any of the samples within Canada’s national DNA Databank. Within the past year, DNA came into the database that matched.

Pooli will be transported to Kamloops to face charges of failing 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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