K9 falls into Spokane Co. culvert trying to catch suspected thief

K9 falls into Spokane Co. culvert trying to catch suspected  thief

K9 falls into Spokane Co. culvert trying to catch suspected thief

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by KREM.COM

KREM.com

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 26 at 4:07 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.  --  A K9 officer with the Spokane Valley Sheriff's Office has been credited with the arrest of a convicted felon.

The incident occurred on Monday, August 25th.

According to the Spokane Valley Sheriff's Office, a deputy was on patrol near Appleway and Dishman Mica when he noticed a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed.

The deputy said he witnessed the motorcyclist failing to stop at a stop sign.

The officer then attempted to pull over the motorcyclist, but the driver refused to obey.  A high speed chase then ensued onto Bowdish Road.  

Eventually the deputy stopped the chase because there was a passenger riding on the motorcycle.

The deputy was able to follow the suspect at a distance.  Eventually, the suspect turned into a private driveway.  

The deputy entered the driveway and activated his emergency lights.  The suspect then ran away from the driveway, while the passenger stayed next to the motorcycle.
 
The deputy and his K9 officer Laslo attempted to catch the suspect.  

During the pursuit, the deputy and Laslo fell into a culvert.  The deputy landed on top of Laslo.

Laslo was unhurt and continued to chase after the suspect.

He was able to catch the motorcyclist a few minutes later.

According to the sheriff's office, the deputy received minor injuries from the fall.  Laslo was not injured.  

The female passenger was not charged and said she tried to get the suspect to stop the entire time.  

Deputies said the motorcycle had been stolen.  

Authorities identified the suspect as 51-year-old Bobby Stafford.  

Stafford was booked into jail on several charges, including resisting arrest, possession of a stolen vehicle, and unlawful imprisonment.

 

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