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Palm Beach Sheriff's K-9 Helps Nab Suspect Who Tried to Drown Him

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    Footage shows the scene where a suspect tried to drown a K9 officer during a traffic stop in Palm Beach. (Published Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017)

    A Florida K-9 helped arrest a suspect who tried to drown him during a traffic stop in Palm Beach County, officials said.

    The incident started when a deputy tried to stop a car for speeding on Royal Palm Beach Boulevard Tuesday, Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office officials said.

    During the stop, the driver pulled into a parking lot and tried to flee the scene but struck a curb and decided to flee on foot, authorities said.

    The driver ran into a nearby canal where he tried to drown Alex, the K-9. The driver was taken into custody and hospitalized for hypothermia and minor lacerations. His name wasn't released.

    K-9 Alex
    Photo credit: Palm Beach Sheriff's Office

    Authorities said crack, heroin and marijuana were found in the car. The driver is facing charges including battery on a police dog, animal cruelty, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest without violence, fleeing and eluding and possession with intent to sell heroin, cocaine and marijuana.