K9 Boomah and State Trooper Track Fleeing Teen in Rutland

 by TWIW StaffOctober 11, 2019

A police K9 and his partner navigated past a field of goats and a half-mile into the woods to track down a teen who fled after crashing his car in Rutland, said Massachusetts State Police. 

Early Thursday morning Rutland police requested a Massachusetts State Police K9 unit to assist in a search for a suspect who took off on foot from a motor vehicle crash. The suspect, a male teenager, crashed at the intersection of Pleasantdale Road and Main Street around 2:40 a.m., a short time after nearly striking a Rutland cruiser. 

 

October 11, 2019 k9 officer
K9 Boomah/Courtesy of MSP

MSP K9 Section Trooper Kyle Kilimonis and his partner Boomah heeded the call quickly. Trooper Kilimonis brought Boomah to the crashed vehicle as a starting point for their search. Boomah picked up a scent and tracked it to the rear of a Main Street house, where he, Trooper Kilimonis, and a Rutland officer came up to a fenced-in goat farm. 

The search team negotiated its way past the goats and tracked an approximate half-mile into woods behind the house. After the team found a discarded sweatshirt with fresh blood on it, Boomah circled around thick woods and a swamp. 

The track eventually led back out to Main Street, east of the crash site, and Boomah led the trooper and officer into the back yard of a house on Kenwood Drive, near the intersection with Main, where the dog barked. A shed’s door in the back yard was open a crack, so Trooper Killimonis announced that they were there with the dog and went into the shed. Boomah kept barking inside the shed and made his way over to the far corner, finding the suspect, who was curled up in a ball on the floor. 

 The suspect, a 17-year-old male, was taken into custody and transported to UMass-Lakeside Hospital in Worcester for examination. He will face charges to include using a motor vehicle without authority, failure to stop for police, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, leaving the scene of a crash, and breaking and entering.


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