WA handcuffed man's escape cut short by police dogFebruary 12, 2013 @ 9:24 pm
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Police in a Spokane, Wash., suburb say the tracking skills and persuasion of a sheriff's police dog cut short the freedom of a handcuffed man who managed to escape from a Spokane tribal police patrol car.
KREM-TV reports that tribal police served a search warrant Tuesday on a man at an Airway Heights hotel. Airway Heights police say tribal officers also arrested another man who was sought on a warrant for escaping from the tribe's jail. Officers handcuffed that man and put him in the back of a patrol car but he managed to roll down the window, jump out and run into a wooded area.
Spokane County sheriff's dog Ekko and his handler were among those who came to help find him.
Deputy Craig Chamberlin says Ekko tracked the man to a 10-foot-tall chain link fence. Officers thought it unlikely the man had been able to scale the fence and Ekko soon found him hiding behind a tree.
Once Ekko's handler told the man to surrender or greet the dog, the escapee was recaptured without incident.
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