Racine County Sheriff’s K9 Officers Nitro and Friday tracked and took down a man who deputies say ran from an early Thanksgiving morning traffic stop on I-94.
State Patrol on I-94 initiated a traffic stop at 12:13 a.m. Thursday on I-94 and asked for RCSD deputies to assist. When deputies arrived at the scene, a Trooper said a passenger in the back seat of the vehicle wasn’t being truthful about his identity.
Deputies attempted to question the man further, but he bolted from the car and fled. K9 Officers Nitro and Friday were dispatched to track the suspect, but were unable to locate and help apprehend him.
A short time later, deputies say they saw the man in a car and pulled the vehicle over for a traffic stop. The man fled, again, this time going west across the expressway without a jacket and wearing only one shoe. After a foot pursuit, K9 Friday was once again deployed but lost the man’s scent.
Then, at 5:21 a.m., Dispatch received a call about a suspicious person near 3-Mile Road and the West Frontage Road wearing rags on his feet. When deputies arrived, the man was gone, but another call at 5:45 a.m. indicated the suspect was now at the Pilot Truck Stop at Highway K and the West Frontage Road.
K9 Friday was deployed again because the man fled when RCSD deputies arrived, but the dog successfully tracked and took down the suspect.
The man was first transported to the hospital for treatment of weather-related conditions and then booked into the Racine County Jail.