A suspect thought he could get away. A Hernando County sheriff's K-9 proved him wrong.
Just after 1 a.m. Wednesday, sheriff's Sgt. William Hillman saw a man driving a red motor scooter eastbound on Spring Hill Drive near Kenlake Avenue. The driver committed a traffic violation in the area of Airmont Drive, so Hillman attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The driver fled northbound on Airmont Drive.
The driver quickly lost control and crashed the scooter near 1442 Greenview Ave. The driver, later identified as Ford K. Perkins, 24, fled on foot.
Deputies set up a perimeter, and a K-9 team was called to the area.
Cpl. Stephen Miller and K-9 Justice responded and began a track where Perkins was last seen. Justice tracked in an easterly direction toward 6255 Airmont Drive, where Perkins was located hiding in the bushes. Perkins refused to comply with numerous commands to surrender and remained concealed in the bushes.
Miller then deployed Justice to apprehend Perkins, and the dog bit the suspect on the right forearm. While Justice was attempting to apprehend Perkins, Perkins began punching the dog, striking him multiple times in the right ribs.
Miller and Hillman took Perkins into custody.
Hernando County Fire/Rescue treated Perkins at the scene for the dog bite. He was later transported to a local hospital.
Perkins has been charged with fleeing and eluding, resisting an officer without violence, battery on a police dog, criminal mischief, driving while license is suspended or revoked. Bail was set at $9,500.
He was on probation, which will be violated with this arrest.