K-9 officer subdues suspect despite kicks to head after pursuit, crash in Detroit


DETROIT – A K-9 officer found a suspect and held onto him Wednesday until authorities made an arrest after a brief pursuit and crash in Detroit.

Troopers attempted to stop an accused reckless driver on I-94 at about 10 p.m., but the driver continued and a pursuit ensued.

After a 5-minute chase, the vehicle stuck a street sign and the suspect fled on foot. K-9 Officer Otto sprang into action after troopers established a perimeter.

Otto and his partner started a track and picked up the scent.

He quickly found the suspect hiding under a van. As Otto stuck his head under the van, the suspect kicked him in the head several times, but the blows didn’t distract him from gaining control of the suspect.

Otto bit the suspect in the left shin as he continued to resist. Troopers used pepper spray to subdue the suspect.

There were no injuries to the troopers or Otto.

“These are just two more examples of people risking the lives of the public and police by failing to stop for a cop,” Lt. Mike Shaw said. “Simple traffic violations were made far worse by these individuals failing to obey the directions of police.”

The driver is being lodged at the Detroit Detention Center.