CLANTON, AL (WSFA) - After a suspect ran into the woods following a hot pursuit through Chilton and Coosa Counties, Max the K-9 was given his first real-world assignment, the Clanton Police Department says.
Alabama State Troopers chased a suspect in a stolen Chilton County vehicle into neighboring Coosa County. It was there where he crashed and ran for the woods.
Max was given the suspect's scent and quickly tracked him to his hiding place in some bushes a few hundred yards into the forest.
The suspect was arrested and identified as Chase Hardwick. He has been charged with attempting to elude police, possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property, reckless endangerment, possessing a firearm as a felon and numerous traffic violations.
A handgun was found in the stolen vehicle and a "significant quantity" of meth was found on Hardwick's path through the woods, according to CPD.
This arrest marks Max's first live search since he was trained in narcotics detection following human scents.
In the future, he will continue to find drugs, but more importantly, he'll search for people since his skills can also help find those who are lost or in danger.
As a reward for a job well done, Max was treated to a meal of beef tips for dinner.