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Police pooch runs over bus-hijacking suspect

dog February 8, 1997
Web posted at: 5:45 p.m. EST

SAN DIEGO (CNN) -- A police car with a dog at the wheel knocked down a suspected bus hijacker at the end of a high-speed chase through San Diego.

The drama began around 5 p.m. Friday when a knife- wielding man forced the driver and a passenger off a bus, police said.

Authorities said the suspect, identified as Cameron Taylor, 35, led police on a 2 1/2-hour chase that covered more than 70 miles. The bus careened through busy intersections but the wild ride finally ended when the bus punctured a tire on a strip of spikes officers placed in the vehicle's path.

As Taylor stepped off the bus to surrender, a police car rolled into him and over his left foot, police said. Behind the wheel was not an officer but a police pooch.

Apparently the squad-car driver left the car in neutral in his rush to capture the suspect. The dynamo dog then leaped into the driver's seat as the car began to roll forward.

The suspect was not injured in the incident, police said.

Police said Taylor now faces carjacking and other charges.

The suspect's brother, Gregg Taylor, said he believed his brother was under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident and had been "on a four-day bender with crystal meth."

"He's never driven a bus, doesn't have a license even," the brother added. "He just really needed some help and I think the system finally is going to help him."

 
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