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Michael D. Crews, Secretary


Press Release
August 17, 2011
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Contact: Gretl Plessinger
Communications Director
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Hamilton Canine Unit and Florida Highway Patrol Team up to capture fleeing suspect

On August 14, 2011, the canine units from Hamilton Correctional institution were called to assist the Florida Highway Patrol and the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office to track a suspect who had rammed into a patrol car, and fled on foot while attempting to elude a Florida Highway Patrol Officer.

The suspect was initially tracked by the Florida Highway Patrol Canine Team who lost the track. Hamilton CI Canine team consisting of Sergeant William Billingsley, Officer Steve Folsom, Officer James Tolle, and Lt. Keith Morgan as incident commander assumed tracking the subject.

Hamilton’s Canine 'Copper' tracked the suspects for a little over three and a half miles before he was found to be hiding under a truck bed liner behind a garage at a residence.  The subject was taken into custody by Florida Wildlife Officer R Creech.

The suspect was identified as James Malcolm Bonner and charged with Driving with License Suspended, Escape, Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding, Grand Theft Motor Vehicle, Attached Tag Not Assigned, and Reckless Driving /With Property Damage.

“The professionalism that our canine units show day in and day out and their willingness to go into harm’s way to protect the public is a testament to their dedication as public servants and law enforcement officers,” said Hamilton CI Warden John Palmer.