Fleeing suspect jumps into canal and tries to drown police dog

In Royal Palm Beach, Florida, an unidentified man faces multiple drug charges including battery on a canine and animal cruelty after he tried to drown a police dog while trying to escape from a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Officer after being pulled over on Monday night.  Spokeswoman for the PBCSO, Teri Barbera, stated a deputy stopped the man for speeding on Royal Palm Beach Boulevard. As the man pulled into the parking lot, he attempted to flee with his vehicle, striking the patrol car and then crashing into a curb.

According to the Palm Beach Post, the driver ran away and jumped into a nearby canal. Responding to the situation, the sheriff’s department helicopter and a K9 unit responded to the scene. A police dog jumped into the canal to apprehend the man, at which time the suspect tried to drown the dog. The man has been taken to the hospital and has been treated for hypothermia and other minor injuries.

The man also faces charges of possession of heroin, cocaine and marijuana with intent to sell, fleeing and eluding, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence.

There has not been any update on the K9 officer as of this report. We will update as the story develops.

(Photo of scene where suspect tried to drown police dog via PhotoOps)

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