BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Brainerd say a police dog is the reason a fleeing suspect is in custody.

Officers began pursuing the driver of a stolen all-terrain vehicle Tuesday. The 18-year-old suspect later ditched the ATV and fled on foot.

Brainerd Deputy Chief Mike Bestul says the Baxter Police Department’s dog, Gator, led officers to Rice Lake where the suspect was found submerged in the water with only his face above the surface.

Bestul tells The Daily Dispatch that Gator is “very much the reason” officers were able to find the suspect and make an arrest.

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Comments (6)
  1. Jennifer Griswold says:

    They shoud sew milkbone dog biscuts in those gangsta pants all da fools is wearing in da hood.

    1. em0886 says:

      Good one Jennifer….real original and clever….it didnt say anything about race and it was Northern Minnesota so who is to say it was a “gangsta”?!

      1. Jennifer Griswold says:

        @em: Why does it have to say anything about race? Does my comment? Same thing goes for northern MN; was that mentioned. Back to the drive up window before the customers get mad about their chicken.

  2. @em0886 says:

    Em0886= defender off all things black,criminal & ignorant.

  3. Jack Mehoff says:

    Isn’t that what the dogs are trained to do, nothing like needing a pat on the back for doing what your supposed to be doing…

  4. rj says:

    Story would have been better if the dog chewed on his a$$ for awhile.

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