Two suspects injured after being chased down by K9

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Officer K9 Turbo Arrests Two Fleeing Suspects

Bartow, FL – Two suspects ran from Polk County Deputies on Saturday night, December 10, 2016, after a traffic stop, and were later located by PCSO K9 Turbo. Both suspects received minor injuries during the arrest.

According to police sources, the incident began last Saturday night when Polk County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Gay observed two suspects in a truck who were not wearing their seat belts. PCSO Deputy Gay fell in behind the truck and observed that the truck’s license plate wasn’t visible. He then attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspects, James Roberts, who was the driver, and Teresa Hidle, who was the passenger, fled down a dead-end road, turned around, and tried to hit Deputy Gay’s vehicle with their vehicle. Polk County SO Deputy Gay called for assistance. The suspects fled in their truck which stalled a short time later, and both Roberts and Hidle ran into nearby woods.

K9 Turbo arrived with his handler, Polk County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Hermelbrach. PCSO K9 was released and tracked both suspects’ scent through the woods, a creek, and found them hiding in mud. Both Roberts and Hidle resisted arrest and were bitten by K9 Turbo. Roberts was charged with Resisting Arrest, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia, Fleeing to Elude, and Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer. Hidle was charged with Resisting Arrest, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Paraphernalia. They were transported to the Polk County Jail.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said on its Facebook page, “if you’re up to no good, you should still wear your seat belt. And if you flee, a PCSO K9 will find you.”

There’s an old saying that you can run but you can’t hide. We commend K9 Turbo for his service, and his commitment and dedication to serving the citizens of Polk County.

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