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Hastings K9 officer apprehends suspect, who had buried himself in a pile of topsoil

Hastings officers assisted the Dakota County Sherriff's office on a call at 2:05 a.m. in the area of Sixth and Forest streets.

A deputy had made a traffic stop and the driver fled from the scene.

The driver of the vehicle was known and had an active felony warrant.

The Hastings K9 officer, Ozzy, tracked the male with his partner Mike Schmitz.

Ozzy led officers to the top of a loose pile of dirt. Ozzy kept scratching the dirt with his muzzle. Within seconds, it became apparent Ozzy had apprehended the man, who had buried himself in a pile of topsoil.

The suspect sustained some bites to his right forearm and was taken into custody.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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