FORT PIERCE, FL – Police K-9 Zoro is a rookie, but this week, after a man rammed another deputy’s patrol vehicle. Thanks to Zoro’s keen sense of smell and the suspect’s stinky sneaker, police were able to track him down and make an arrest.
“He graduated K-9 Academy just a short time ago, but K-9 Zoro wasted no time tracking a suspect who fled from deputies and intentionally rammed a patrol car with his truck,” the Martin County Sheriff’s Office reported. “Deputies responded to a disturbance involving 35-year old Christopher Jewett of Ft. Pierce. When the deputy located the suspect’s truck, Jewett took off, nearly hitting the deputy. When a second deputy arrived, Jewett rammed his vehicle into the deputy’s cruiser.”
Jewett then exited his disabled vehicle and took off on foot.
“But when Jewett fled, he left behind a canine’s dream piece of tracking evidence. His shoe. Shortly after K-9 Zoro and his handler, Deputy Justin Deluca arrived,” MCSO said. “Zoro wasted little time using his newly acquired skills and Jewett’s shoe to lead deputies to a wooded area, where Zoro was certain Jewett was hiding. Still, Jewett refused to come out. So, Zoro went in. Moments later, the suspect was in K-9 custody.”
Christopher Jewett was charged with Aggravated Battery on an Officer, Fleeing and Eluding, and Resisting Arrest. He was taken to the Martin County Jail on a $60,000 bond.
“Congratulations Zoro on your first official apprehension, and our catch of the week,” MSCO added.