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Suspect Tangles With Connecticut State Police K9, Puts Dog In Headlock, Still Gets Arrested

Stafford, CT – Police arrested a suspected car thief who he fought with a police K9 and put the dog in a headlock.

The incident occurred after police responded to a 911 call at about 7 p.m. on Nov. 12 from someone who said their car had been taken without their permission, WCCT reported.

Police said officers went to a residence on Orcuttville Road and talked to the car’s owner.

The complainant told police that 29-year-old Joseph McCormack had taken their 2006 minivan on Nov. 11 without asking, WCCT reported.

The minivan’s owner advised the officers that McCormack had just returned to his own residence with the minivan and that the purloined vehicle was parked outside his home.

So, officers went to the address to find the vehicle and McCormack, according to WCCT.

When police arrived at McCormack’s address, they tried to approach him to talk to him, but the suspect fled.

Officers tried to chase the suspect but lost track of him in the ice and snow, WCCT reported.

That was when Connecticut State Police Trooper Kyle Kaelberer and his partner, K9 Drago, arrived on the scene to assist local law enforcement officers.

Trooper Kaelberer and K9 Drago tracked McCormack down in the nearby woods where he had tried to hide in the snow and brush, WCCT reported.

The trooper ordered McCormack to surrender but the suspect ignored his commands.

Instead, he tried, once again, to flee the scene, WCCT reported.

Trooper Kaelberer deployed K9 Drago to apprehended McCormack.

But authorities said that when the police dog caught up with McCormack, the suspect attacked him and put him in a headlock, according to WCCT.

K9 Drago was not to be deterred and broke the suspect’s hold on him.

Then the brave dog apprehended McCormack again in such a manner that he wasn’t able to break free, WCCT reported.

Police arrested McCormack and then took him to a local hospital for treatment of the injuries he sustained while fleeing officers and resisting arrest.

He was later released to troopers and charged with interfering with an officer, taking a motor vehicle without an owner’s permission, and two counts on a criminal attempt to intentionally injure a police K9, WCCT reported.

Officials said that McCormack was already out of jail on bond for a “myriad of charges” when he fled police and fought with K9 Drago.

McCormack was held in jail in lieu of a $15,000 bond and was scheduled to next appear in court on Dec. 21, WCCT reported.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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