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Arrested Developments: Suspect tosses puppy during pursuit

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, May 11, 2019
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After two weeks in a row of talking about K9 officers, I had intended to write about something non-dog-related in this week’s column.

But doggone it, wouldn’t you know – someone went and tossed a puppy out a window during a police chase this week.

Brian Knox

It all started when a couple of deputies tried to stop a pickup on Farm Road 718 near Newark for speeding and failure to maintain financial responsibility around 9 p.m. Wednesday. Instead of pulling over, the pickup sped up and took evasive action, according to Sheriff Lane Akin, including swerving into oncoming traffic.

The driver led police on the pursuit into Tarrant County, onto Haslet/Avondale Road to Farm Road 156 before he turned south. At times, the suspect was traveling at speeds of up to 100 mph.

It was just after making a turn that the suspect then tossed a puppy out the window. Akin said the puppy appeared to be a three-month-old yellow lab mix.

“We found the puppy. He was limping a little bit, but he seems like he’s in pretty good shape,” Akin said.

Meanwhile, the puppy tosser continued to flee, finally running off the road and running away in the Haslet area.

Wise County deputies were assisted by the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Worth Police Department, which provided a helicopter to help locate the man.

The suspect was not located, but investigators were able to collect evidence, including a piece of the suspect’s jeans that had been torn on a fence. The pickup was also brought back to the sheriff’s office for fingerprinting.

A baggie containing just more than 4 grams of methamphetamine was found in the truck.

Akin said investigators have some good leads on the suspect, who is expected to be charged with multiple offenses including evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance 4-200 grams and cruelty to animals.

The puppy was taken to the Wise County Animal Shelter.

“Meth doesn’t only destroy families – it’s also harmful to pets,” Akin said.

Anyone who may have information on the suspect should call the sheriff’s office at 940-627-5971.

RANDY WHITE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

A few weeks back, I wrote a story about the 10-year anniversary of the death of Bridgeport Police Sgt. Randy White. The 10th annual softball tournament to raise money for the scholarship fund in the fallen officer’s name is 4 p.m. June 15 at the Lawdwin Ball Fields in Bridgeport.

Cost is $200 per team, co-ed teams only. To sign up, call Misty Schwartz at 940-389-0207 or Holli Olmos at 940-683-3434.

You can also stop by the Bridgeport Police Department booth at Saturday’s Butterfield Stage Days to make a donation to the scholarship fund, which provides scholarships to area youths who are seeking a law enforcement or public safety career.

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