Fleeing burglary suspect flown to hospital after K-9 takedown
CLEVELAND, Tennessee (WDEF) – A K-9 officer ran down a burglary suspect after a chase Wednesday morning in Bradley County.
Sheriff’s deputies were called around 7:30 AM to a burglary in progress at a barn on Cohulla Road SE.
A deputy came across the suspect’s vehicle on the road.
The Sheriff reports that the suspect veered into a driveway, plowed through a fence and hit a tree.
Two males got out of the vehicle and ran for it.
The deputy turned loose his K-9 partner.
The dog ran down the driver, Curtis Collier.
He had to be flown to a hospital in Chattanooga for injuries “sustained from K-9 apprehension.”
The sheriff’s office says they found stolen property in plain sight in the fleeing vehicle.
Sheriff Steve Lawson says “First of all, I want to praise my deputies and the K-9 involved in this case and commend their quick response.”
“If you take the chance of breaking the law in Bradley County, you will suffer the consequences.”
The second suspect is still at large.
Collier has been charged with Burglary, Theft and Evading Arrest.
Sheriff Lawson adds “Don’t run from the law. Our K-9s do their job well and they will run faster than you every time.”