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Press Release
July 18, 2011
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Contact: Gretl Plessinger
Communications Director
(850) 488-0420

RMC’s K-9 Unit Catches Fleeing Suspect in Alachua

On July 17, 2011, the Alachua Police Department requested assistance from the Department of Corrections’ K-9 Unit at Reception and Medical Center (RMC) to track a suspect who had fled from a traffic stop in the city of  Alachua, injuring a Deputy with his vehicle when he fled.

At 5:40 pm the RMC K-9 team, consisting of Lieutenant C.B. Dukes, Sergeant Bobby Adams, Officer Richard Shuler, and Officer Weston Gaultney, departed the institution en-route to NW 218 Avenue (231 approximately 3 miles north of Brooker), and subsequently to NW 218 Ave., the location from which the suspect fled his vehicle. At this time, with the assistance of K-9 Patriot, Sergeant Bobby Adams (handler) established a track, leaving the scene headed in a northerly direction.  After tracking for approximately 1.5 miles north, the track seemed to end at a residence located at 1307 NW 223rd Lane, (Brooker, FL).  Law Enforcement staff approached the home and questioned the homeowner.  The homeowner was in the process of denying knowledge of the subject when Lieutenant Dukes observed the subject exit the home through a window toward the rear of the home.  Law enforcement staff was notified and the subject was taken into custody without further incident.

The K-9 team was accompanied by members of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Brian Ritter and Officer A.J. Tyre.  Baker Correctional Institution’s K-9 team also assisted.

“K-9 staff did an outstanding job tracking through heavy contamination and ultimately locating the subject,” said RMC Warden Brian Riedl. “We’re hopeful the Deputy’s injuries were not severe.”