STAFFORD, Conn. – A Connecticut man is accused of putting a police K-9 in a headlock during an arrest Saturday after he fled from investigators.
Connecticut State Police said Joseph McCormack, 29, used a woman’s minivan Friday without permission, WTNH reported. The woman called police Saturday after McCormack returned with the vehicle. Troopers went to the home in an attempt to talk to McCormack, who ran.
Police called in K-9 Drago to help find McCormack. Drago followed his scent for nearly two miles before discovering McCormack beneath the snow and tree debris in a heavily wooded area, police said.
McCormack was told to surrender but he again ran, police said. The officer released Drago who followed McCormack a short distance before latching on. This time McCormack put the animal in a headlock but Drago managed to keep his grip. Once the trooper got McCormack into custody, Drago let go.
McCormack was taken to a hospital and treated for his injuries. When he was released from the hospital, McCormack was arrested and charged with use of a motor vehicle without permission, two counts of interfering, criminal attempt to assault a police K-9 and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. McCormack, who was on probationary release from previous charges, is being held in jail on $25,000 bond.