A police dog is being hailed a hero after apprehending a guy who ran away from officers. According to the Massachusetts State Police, not only did the suspect run away from their troopers, he’s been on the run from the law for quite some time. But not anymore!
“Tank” the police K9 put an end to what police say appears to be quite a crime spree.
Troopers got a call about a car that broke down along Route 495 in Salisbury, MA. When they arrived they found the car, but no driver. Police ordered the car to be towed, and soon after found out the driver had been picked up by a good Samaritan to get gas. Somehow the driver flagged down the tow truck driver, who called police saying the driver of the car appeared drunk.
When the squad car arrived on the scene, the driver of the car took one look at the trooper and took off. Not a good sign.
The tow truck driver handed the trooper a slip the car’s driver filled out. Doing some detective work, the trooper ran the guy’s info and found out he was wanted in Florida for battery on a police officer, he also had another warrant in Massachusetts and a suspended driver’s license.
At this point, the trooper called in Tank and his partner, Trooper Tom Janeczak. When the dog arrived, officers yelled out into the woods warning the guy they were about to release the K9 officer and asked the man to give himself up. No response. Apparently, he had no idea that Tank’s skills were pretty keen.
Tank got the guy’s scent and ran into the woods. Troopers then heard branches crackling and snapping ahead of them. They called the dog back and again yelled for the guy to give himself up. Still no response.
Tank went back to work, looking for the suspect. Then, all of a sudden, there was a big commotion and troopers heard the suspect yelling for Tank to get off him.
When troopers found Tank and the suspect, police say the man was trying to choke Tank with his own collar. But Tank was resilient and held the guy until police could nab him.
The guy is now in jail facing several charges, including mistreatment/interference with a police dog. And Massachusetts State Police are now calling Tank a real canine crime fighter.
Contributed by: Mary Schwager, aka, WatchdogMary , a TV and print journalist that proudly watchdogs for animals. She’s honored to have won 14 Emmy, 7 Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards for investigative reporting & writing