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Police use canine unit to track suspect in stolen truck case

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at 11:45 a.m.

A Wichita police dog helped catch a suspect in a car theft on Thursday.

During a traffic stop in the 600 block of South Waverly on Thursday, just before midnight, officers learned during a license tag check that the truck they had pulled over had been reported stolen, Lt. Doug Nolte said.

The driver of the maroon 2007 Chevy Silverado ran away, and police failed to stop him when they tried to stun him during the chase. A 22-year-old woman in the truck remained with officers.

Officers called in a canine unit, which tracked the suspect to the 600 block of South Fabrique, Nolte said. The suspect, a 31-year-old man, was taken into custody.

Officers found drugs including methamphetamine and marijuana in the truck.

Both people were taken into custody on suspicion of auto theft and possession of drugs.

The truck had been stolen overnight between Wednesday and Thursday from a location on South Chautauqua, Nolte said.

Reach Roy Wenzl at 316-268-6219 or rwenzl@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @roywenzl.

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