Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

March 12, 2014

Take a Bite Out of Crime

Suspect bitten by police dog

VALDOSTA — A Valdosta man faces multiple charges following a foot chase that began Tuesday when he was bitten by a police dog after allegedly shoving the K-9's handler during a drug investigation.

At 1:21 p.m. Tuesday, Valdosta Police Department narcotics detectives investigated a tip they received about an individual with narcotics in the 600 block of Old Hudson Street.

Detectives made contact with a Valdosta resident. During a pat-down, authorities discovered possible narcotics. Trying to cuff him, the suspect struggled, knocking over a police officer in charge of a K-9 partner, said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress.

The dog is trained to protect his human partner. Seeing the officer fall, the K-9 responded.

“That’s the absolute worst thing you can do with a K-9 officer,” Childress said. “The dog is trained to defend the handler ... Any aggressive act against the handler is interpreted as an attack on the officer, and the dog bit him.”

The dog is trained to bite down on a suspect's hand or arm and hold. As officers tried cuffing the suspect, he continued struggling. The handler called off the dog. The suspect wrestled free and fled.

The K-9 bit the suspect’s right forearm, causing a visible injury.

The suspect fled on foot after the bite and he was found hiding under a residence on McDougal Street. A taser was deployed in an attempt to subdue the man while he resisted arrest, but the device did not make contact and was ineffective, said Childress.

Several pieces of crack cocaine were recovered by detectives during the investigation.

Willie Hunter, 42, faces charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, felony obstruction, misdemeanor obstruction and tampering with evidence, according to the Valdosta Police Department.

Hunter received medical care at the scene and was transported to South Georgia Medical Center for treatment of his injuries and will be taken to the Lowndes County Jail when he is released.

Dean Poling contributed to this story.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 142314-Goodwill.jpg Goodwill hosts the Mexican Consulate

    Mexican citizens living in South Georgia have spent this week lining up at the Valdosta Goodwill to meet with the Mexican Consulate to obtain Mexican government issued identification.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140723-Tree001.jpg Chamber plants 100th centennial tree

    Founded in September 1912, the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest chambers in the state.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140723 - Operation M#10E3C7.JPG Veterans First

    With Moody Air Force Base expecting to lose 300 to 400 personnel due to government cutbacks, area organizations are working with military personnel about to enter the civilian work force.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • Lowndes increases millage rate

    For the first time since 1999, the Lowndes County Commission voted Wednesday to increase the millage rate.

    July 24, 2014

  • dui memorial 1.jpg Memorial honors woman killed in DUI case

    More than a week after the man responsible for her death was sentenced to five years in jail, a memorial sign has been placed at the site where Sheila Foster-Lamb was hit and killed by an impaired driver while she was on her way to work.

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • City of Valdosta holds two millage hearings today

    The City of Valdosta adopted its 2015 Fiscal Year budget on June 19.

    July 24, 2014

  • Quitman body identified

    The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has identified the body of a man found in Quitman Tuesday and have ruled his death a suicide.

    July 24, 2014

  • EOM July 2014.jpg Sgt. Jonathan Yeargin Honored as July 2014 Employee of the Month

    Valdosta Mayor John Gayle and Fire Chief Freddie Broome honored Jonathan Yeargin as the July 2014 Employee of the Month at the July 10 City Council meeting.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Clay Griner.jpeg Griner wins Lowndes commission runoff

    A long nine-week runoff election between Clay Griner and G. Norman Bennett came to an end Tuesday night with Griner beating Bennett by 1,060 votes, with approximately 70 provisional ballots left to count.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20140722-Runoff_Voting003.jpg State Senate District 8 too close to call

    The race for State Senate District 8 appeared too close to call as of The Times print deadline late Tuesday night.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Top News
Poll

School starts again in about two weeks. What do you think?

It's still summer. School starts too soon.
Seems like the right time to return.
Abolish summer recess. Make school year-round.
     View Results