K-9 Officer Knox led Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies to a Land O’Lakes man wanted for assaulting a Hernando sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday. The high speed chase through two counties ended with the arrest of Paul Daniel Smith, who was videoed on an officer’s bodycam, showing his head just above the water in a nearby swamp.
“Stop resisting. Look you’re coming out,” a deputy yelled over to Smith. “I know that,” Smith replied. “Just don’t put them on tight.” “Yeah right,” the deputy replied.
Smith’s bad day began earlier when Hernando County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a domestic disturbance call. While questioning Smith, they noted his license plate on his truck had been stolen and tried to arrest him. Smith, instead, took off in his truck, and it wasn’t until he hit a pole that he stopped and fled on foot into a nearby swamp.
According to the Bradenton Herald, Smith was arrested on charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude and violation of probation. He is also charged with several felonies in Hernando County
Check out the video here.
The video shows the track just before the suspect is discovered by K9Knox and initial efforts to remove the suspect from the thick mud. He was later freed with the assistance of several other deputies.
We do want to warn viewers that there is coarse language used by the suspect in this video.
Yesterday (Tuesday, 4/17), Pasco deputies spotted a vehicle that was driving at a high rate of speed southbound on US 41 that was the subject of a case in Hernando County. After a short pursuit, the vehicle slowed after nearly striking deputies and the driver fled on foot into a densely wooded, swampy area. K9 Knox, Deputy Rob Wilkins, and Corporal Andrew Denbo tracked the subject through the swamp and located him almost entirely submerged in the mud. After several minutes and with the assistance of other deputies, they were able to extricate the subject from the mud and arrest Paul Daniel Smith for Flee to Elude, Aggravated Assault on LEO, Violation of Probation, and also notify Hernando County of the arrest.The video below shows the track just before the suspect is discovered by K9 Knox and initial efforts to remove the suspect from the thick mud. He was later freed with the assistance of several other deputies.We do want to warn viewers that there is coarse language used by the suspect in this video.
Posted by Pasco Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, April 18, 2018
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