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B.C. man wants help, not charges, for lady who took his truck with son inside

Aaron Johnson poses with his children Jesse, 11, Wyatt, 8 and Julianna, 4, in this undated handout photo. A Vancouver Island man whose truck was stolen while his son was still sitting inside says he wants help for the woman, not charges. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Aaron Johnson *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Aaron Johnson poses with his formative years Jesse, 11, Wyatt, 8 and Julianna, 4, on this undated handout photo. A Vancouver Island man whose truck used to be stolen whereas his son used to be peaceful sitting inside says he wants help for the girl, not charges. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Aaron Johnson *MANDATORY CREDIT*

QUALICUM BEACH, B.C. – A Vancouver Island man whose truck used to be stolen whereas his son used to be sitting inside says he wants addiction treatment for the girl, not charges.

Aaron Johnson and his 11-yr-old son, Jesse, went correct into a Qualicum Coastline gasoline position on Thursday “for below a minute” and as soon as they came out his Dodge Ram used to be gone.

As they walked out, Johnson says his eight-yr-old son, Wyatt, used to be running toward him, yelling “dad, a girl factual took your truck.”

Johnson says Wyatt used to be sitting within the help seat and when he knocked on the window, the girl stopped and let the boy out.

Unintentionally, the girl’s mom used to be supposed to meet her on the identical gasoline position and the alleged thief phoned her mom on Johnson’s phone, which he additionally left within the truck.

Johnson says he happy the girl to approach aid and offers up his truck, even supposing she knew police had been there to greet her.

She used to be arrested and taken to hospital and Johnson says he even called a pal who’s willing to aid her accumulate correct into a drug treatment program.

Johnson says he steered her he’d to regardless of he would possibly perchance presumably perhaps to study her trail to treatment, not penal advanced.

“I accumulate it, take care of I mentioned, I was in addiction for a form of years of my life. So, I accumulate that most continuously you make these errors,” mentioned Johnson, who’s been sober for 2 years.

Johnson, 46, says he steered the girl, who’s in her mid-30s, that there used to be a mode out, that she did not must be caught in addiction.

The woman used to be ready to bewitch his truck on story of it be a keyless ignition machine and whereas the keys had been in his pocket, he used to be peaceful shut ample to enable the automobile to launch.

He admits the entire scenario would possibly perchance presumably well have ended very in every other case.

“If I’d have walked out and I did not search for my son correct there and I was caught for five minutes or 10 minutes or half an hour, would my coronary heart be as passionate? Maybe not, on story of I’d have had plenty more effort and apprehension.”

Sooner than Johnson spoke with police, he says he requested Wyatt what he wished to study happen to the girl.

“He mentioned ‘dad, I factual desire to study her accumulate help.’ ”

Wyatt has viewed what more or less impression addiction has on has on his hold household, Johnson says.

“The lifeline used to be given to me. So, in shriek to defend my sobriety, section of my responsibility as a member of restoration is to provide that to various of us.”

It be a proposal he says he hopes she’ll gather.

This document by The Canadian Press used to be first published Feb. 21, 2021.

— By Terri Theodore in Vancouver

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