LAND O’ LAKES, FLORIDA - A suspect hiding from Pasco County deputies in a swamp after a high-speed chase was arrested covered in slobbery kisses instead of a bite from their K9.
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office sent out an alert to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office after they say Paul Daniel Smith, 34, resisted arrest and battered a deputy. He took off in a Ford F150. Deputy Marc Lane spotted the vehicle on US 41 and went after him.
Smith eventually stopped and ran into a heavily wooded, swampy area. With the help of their K9 bloodhound Knox, deputies tracked Smith down through the swamp, finding him stuck in thick mud with water up to his neck.
“Stop resisting,” the deputies can be heard saying in the video posted to Facebook.
As they try to get Smith out of the mud, instead of biting, Knox covers his face in wet, doggy kisses.
Knox’s specialty is finding people, from missing children to wanted men.
Smith is facing several charges including aggravated assault and violation of probation. As for Knox, he’s been rewarded for a job well done with his favorite treat: cheese.