Police K-9 catches alleged criminal in creek after officer injured

Chase, a Middletown K-9 officer, certainly earned his name after his partner was injured.

Middletown police officer Ryan Morgan and his canine captured Matthew Kincaid in a Madison Twp. creek Sunday morning after a pursuit that began in Middletown following a traffic stop, according to a Middletown police report.

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After Kincaid was stopped at 3 a.m. at Central Avenue and Main Street, he closed his car door and appeared he was going to flee, police said. Morgan grabbed the door handle, but the car sped away. A pursuit followed on Ohio 122 toward Madison Twp., police said, and at times Kincaid was speeding and driving “erratically,” crossing the double yellow line.

Kincaid then turned northbound on Hursh Road, exited the vehicle and fled on foot, according to police. That’s when Morgan released his canine partner.

Morgan said he tackled Kincaid in the creek, but he continued to resist, “throwing his elbows” and “striking” the officer in the torso, according to the report. Chase then engaged Kincaid, biting him in his left hip. Morgan said he was unable to get Kincaid into handcuffs because his thumb was dislocated. Chase held onto Kincaid until more Middletown police officers arrived.

Kincaid, 39, of Middletown was searched and officers found a small baggie of methamphetamine and marijuana, according to the report.

He was taken by the Madison Twp. EMS squad to Atrium Medical Center for the dog bite, and Morgan was treated at Kettering Medical Center Middletown for his hand injury.

Kincaid was charged with eluding police officers, assault on a police officer, driving under suspension, resisting arrest, drug abuse/methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kincaid will have a preliminary hearing Dec. 10 in Middletown Municipal Court, according to court records.

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