Suspect Punches Trooper in Groin to Avoid Arrest, K-9 Brings End Short Standoff
SPRING HILL – A Pasco County man is behind bars this morning after attacked a Florida Highway Patrol Trooper during a traffic stop on Commercial Way.
RNRF received dozens of requests from concerned citizens last night, asking why several FHP and HCSO Patrol cars were speeding towards County Line Road. Turns out, what started out as a simple traffic stop and possible misdemeanor criminal traffic violations, rapidly evolved into felony charges for the suspect and a “quick snack” for K9 Dzel.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Captain Daniel Clark attempted to stop a vehicle traveling nearly 90 mph, northbound on Commercial Way. When the vehicle entered Hernando County, Capt. Clark stopped the vehicle at Wendy Court. After making contact with the driver, 24-year-old Christopher Lee Chesson-Dennis, he learned that the driver did not have a valid license and a strong odor of marijuana was emitting from the vehicle. Capt. Clark asked the driver to step out of the car and place his hands on the roof so that he could detain him during the investigation. When Capt. Clark tried to pull Dennis’ hand back to handcuff him, Dinnis spun around and struck Capt. Clark in the groin, giving Dennis enough time to flee the area while Capt. Clark “recovered.”
Dozens of Law Enforcement Officers responded to the scene, including Deputy Jason Jernigan and his K-9 partner “Dzel.” After several failed attempts to coax Dennis out with verbal commands, Dep. Jernigan deployed Dzel into a wooded area where Dennis was hiding, and quickly located and attacked him.
Dennis was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital to be treated for several minor dog bites.
Dennis is charged with Battery on LEO, Possession of Marijuana, Driving on a Suspended License, and Resisting Arrest. Dennis also had several outstanding warrants for previous drug charges.
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