Florida K-9 helps apprehend suspect trying to evade police in stolen car


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A Florida suspect who tried to flee from police in a stolen vehicle is now in custody after a K-9 chased and bit him.

The Ocala Police Department said Dale Shrewsbury, 35, stole an unlocked car that still had the keys inside on Aug. 11, Fox 13 reported. The suspect already had a lengthy arrest record , having been arrested 13 times by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office since 2006.

About an hour after Shrewsbury took the vehicle, police attempted to carry out a traffic stop. The suspect then attempted to flee as the officers pursued him. Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office quickly joined the chase, which took place on multiple roads in the city of Ocala and Marion County.

A Florida suspect who tried to flee from police in a stolen vehicle is now in custody after a K9 chased and bit him.
(Ocala Police Department)

Police said Shrewsbury was driving recklessly to avoid being stopped, knocking several cars off the road and hitting a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission patrol vehicle.

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The suspect also walked through several residential yards and plowed through fences and gates.

Police said Shrewsbury was driving recklessly to avoid being stopped, knocking several cars off the road and hitting a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission patrol vehicle.

Police said Shrewsbury was driving recklessly to avoid being stopped, knocking several cars off the road and hitting a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission patrol vehicle.
(Ocala Police Department)

A deputy eventually conducted a successful PIT maneuver to stop the car, but Shrewsbury exited the vehicle and fled on foot. A K-9 named Jet was able to track down and catch Shrewsbury to end the 21-minute chase.

The suspect could be heard screaming for the dog to release him, but Jet restrained the suspect until officers handcuffed him.

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The suspect drove through several residential yards and plowed through fences and gates during the pursuit.

The suspect drove through several residential yards and plowed through fences and gates during the pursuit.
(Ocala Police Department)

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Shrewsbury received medical treatment for the K-9 bite and was taken to jail.

He faces charges of theft from car, aggravated flight and escape, five counts of fleeing the scene of an accident involving property damage and driving with a suspended license⁠.


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