Police dog tracks man who fled to avoid traffic stop

ZILWAUKEE TWP, MI — A motorist’s desperate attempt to avoid a traffic citation was all for naught after a police dog tracked him down. 

The morning of Thursday, June 14, a 43-year-old man was driving down River Road (M-13) near the Saginaw-Bay County border. A Michigan State Police trooper passed him going the opposite direction and noticed his minivan had a cracked windshield.

The trooper turned around in an attempt to stop the vehicle. However, the man crashed his minivan near the Crow Island State Game Area just inside Saginaw County and then fled on foot into the verdant landscape.

Numerous troopers responded and set up a perimeter. A state police K9 Unit also responded to the scene and began tracking the fleeing man’s scent.

After about 35 minutes, the dog located the man and troopers arrested him without incident, according to Special 1st Lt. David Kaiser.

Kaiser could not say what possible motive the man had for abandoning his vehicle.

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