2016-09-04 / Police Beat

Police dog tracks man who ran from police

BURNSIDE TWP. — When Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. Deputy Ron Howe stopped a car on M-53 near Burnside Road Monday night, the driver apparently thought rabbiting into a cornfield was a good idea. It was not.

Undersheriff Bob Rapson said Michigan State Police Trooper John Shultz and his dog, Enzo, were just a few minutes away when Howe called for assistance at 5:46 p.m. Rapson said Shultz and Enzo had Jacob Pratt, 24, of Parma, in custody within 15 minutes of their arrival.

“They did a really good job,” Rapson said.

Pratt, who had been staying in the North Branch area, was charged locally with resisting and obstructing a police officer and fleeing and eluding. Deputies learned he was being sought on a long list of warrants from Tuscola and Jackson counties, including a felony warrant from Michigan State Police in Jackson.

Rapson said Pratt’s being held without bond, awaiting pickup by Troopers from Jackson.

— Phil Foley

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