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Michael D. Crews, Secretary


Press Release
January 31, 2012
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Hamilton and Suwannee Correctional Institution Canine Units capture fleeing Felon

On January 27, 2012, the canine unit from Hamilton Correctional institution, in coordination with the canine Unit from Suwannee Correctional Institution were called to assist the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office track a suspect who had fled from the Department of Agriculture/Law Enforcement in an area south of I-75 in White Springs Florida.

The team searching for the suspect consisted of Sergeant William Billingsley, Officer James Tolle and Sgt. Samuel Bennett from Hamilton and Sgt. Norris, Sgt. Hamm and Officer Carter from Suwannee, accompanied by Agriculture Officer J. Parsons and Capt. Nash.  The suspect, who fled after law enforcement stopped to inspect his disabled vehicle, was later identified as, Danny Drabenstat, who was wanted on numerous felony warrants.

Hamilton’s Canine 'Copper' and “Turbo” were used during the tracking of the suspect for a little over two and half miles before Suwannee’s canine began tracking the subject.  Both teams continued to work together as the track ultimately took a direction back to the Agriculture station where the subject was apprehended by Captain Nash of the Department of Agriculture/Law Enforcement.

“This is another example of the valuable contributions that the Florida Department of Corrections K-9 units provide to local law enforcement to assist in protecting public safety,” said Hamilton CI Warden John Palmer. “We are proud members of our Florida law enforcement community.”