‘Justice’ Captures Man Who Ran from Hernando Deputies
The man hit Justice when the dog grabbed him, according to the Hernando Sheriff’s Office said.
HERNANDO COUNTY – A Hernando sheriff’s canine found and caught a man who ran from deputies Wednesday (Jan. 11) after a traffic stop.
Ford K. Perkins, 24, was charged with fleeing and eluding, resisting an officer with violence, battery on a police dog, criminal mischief and driving with a suspended or revoked license, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies said Perkins was on felony probation, which he violated with the arrest.
Hernando sheriff’s Sgt. William Hillman said he saw a man driving a red motorized scooter eastbound on Spring Hill Drive near Kenlake Avenue just after 1 a.m. Wednesday (Jan. 11). Hillman said he tried to stop the man after he saw him commit a traffic violation, but the scooter fled north on Airmont. The driver lost control and crashed the scooter near 1442 Greenview Ave. The driver, Perkins, fled on foot.
Cpl. Stephen Miller and Justice, one of the department’s canines, came to the scene and began tracking Perkins, who was found hiding in bushes at 6255 Airmont Drive. Deputies said they ordered Perkins to come out but he refused to do so. Deputies sent Justice into the bushes to get Perkins.
Justice found Perkins and grabbed him on the right forearm. While Justice was trying to grab Perkins, deputies said the man punched the dog, striking him multiple times in the right ribs.
Hernando County Fire/Rescue came to the scene to treat Perkins for the dog bite. Perkins was later taken to the hospital.
For information about the Hernando sheriff, go to hernandosheriff.org.
Photo of Justice courtesy of the Hernando Sheriff’s Office.
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