SPRING HILL, FL (WFLA) – Dramatic body camera video from a Pasco County deputy shows his K9 partner taking down a suspect accused of crashing a stolen car and leaving a 19-month-old behind.
The incident happened on Tuesday just after 10:15 a.m. on Caldwell Lane in Spring Hill.
Deputy Nick Carmack says he tried to stop 28-year-old James Wallace Miller III after he saw the man driving a Nissan Rogue that had been marked stolen out of Pasco County.
Deputy Carmack says Miller drove away when he tried to pull him over. The sheriff’s office says Miller then pulled into a driveway on Caldwell Lane, hit a fence, got out of the car and started running away.
An arrest report says a 19-month-old child was in the back seat of the car that Miller was driving. Deputies say the baby was left behind when Miller crashed.
Once Miller started running away, Deputy Carmack says he let K9 Shep go to chase him. Body camera video shows Deputy Carmack helping Shep over a fence in the yard during the chase.
Moments later, K9 Shep latches onto Miller and takes him down. The sheriff’s office says Shep held on until Deputy Carmack could place handcuffs on Miller. They explained it was for Deputy Carmack’s safety and to make sure the man could not run away again.
After Miller was medically cleared for the dog bite, he was arrested for child abuse, grand theft auto, fleeing to elude, criminal mischief and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
The sheriff’s office says deputies later found a second person who ran from the stolen car after it crashed. That person was also arrested.