A suspect led law enforcement authorities on a chase Thursday morning that ended in a wooded area when the man crashed his vehicle through a barbed wire fence, then fled on foot and climbed up a tree.
Bandit, a police dog from the Mansfield Police Department's K-9 Unit, and Brandon Kramer, a K-9 officer in the unit, discovered the suspect hiding in the tree.
Bandit, a Belgian Malinois shepherd breed, was trained to circle when he smelled the scent of someone in a tree and that's what he did, Kramer said.
It's the first time Bandit actually has caught a suspect in a tree, he added.
"That was pretty cool," he said.
The incident took place off U.S. Highway 67 just west of the roadside park past the Brazos River bridge.
Because of its proximity to the Brazos Charter School, the school temporarily was locked down for safety reasons until the suspect was caught and handcuffed, said Somervell County Sheriff Greg Doyle, who was on the scene.
The suspect's name has not been released yet. His Suburban had Arizona license plates.
He was not armed, authorities said. A motive for his actions are not yet known.
Around 9:45 a.m. the suspect emerged from the scene, riding in the front passenger seat of a Johnson County Sheriff patrol car. The suspect was taken to Cleburne for processing.
The pursuit began in Johnson County. At one point, a Johnson County patrol car involved in the pursuit hit crashed into another vehicle on U.S. 67. There was no word on any injuries related to the accident.
Officer Kramer and Bandit, who have been working together for four years, were trained in Patrol and Narcotic Detection at Kasseburg Kennels in New Market, Ala. They are assigned to the Mansfield department's Patrol Division.
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