Sheriff's K-9 leads police to suspected impaired driver

By Ben Holbrook | Jan 09, 2017
Jordan Greer

Searsmont — An Alaska resident allegedly fled the scene of a single-vehicle crash late in the evening of Jan. 7 but was later tracked using a sheriff's office K-9.

Waldo County Sheriff's Deputy Andrew Mulligan responded to a crash on Muzzy Ridge Road at 11:20 p.m. after a complainant reported seeing a vehicle off the road with a male driver slumped over the wheel, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

While en route, Mulligan learned the driver had left the scene of the crash on foot. Mulligan found the vehicle, which was not damaged, and followed the driver's footprints along the side of the road. The prints frequently left the roadway to head toward several sheds and garages at various residences, police said. The tracks also led to a business and several buildings before entering the woods.

Cpl. Merl Reed and K-9 Frankie responded to the area and despite single-digit temperatures, the dog was able to track 61-year-old Jordan Greer of Palmer, Alaska, into the woods. Greer appeared to be intoxicated, police said, and was arrested and charged with operating under the influence, Class D. He was released after posting $750 cash bail.

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