DECATUR — Athos, a Macon County Sheriff’s K-9, was injured when he ran into a police car while chasing a suspect who was wanted by police for smashing a woman’s windshield and violating his parole.
Athos, a 2½-year-old Belgian Malinois who works under the direction of deputy Joe Mannix, was chasing 20-year-old Arcarius Anderson Thursday afternoon when he collided with a Decatur police car, which was also in pursuit of the suspect.
The dog lost a front tooth, cracked a couple of other teeth, but remained on the job long enough to track down a handgun that Anderson allegedly threw away during the chase.
Athos (pronounced Ah-TOS) was then transported to the Northgate Veterinary Clinic where he was treated and released. He is expected to return to work Wednesday.
Although Athos was not able to complete his pursuit of the suspect, Anderson was apprehended a few minutes later by two Decatur police detectives.
Anderson was booked into the jail on charges of possession of a weapon by a felon, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, criminal damage to property and aggravated resisting a peace officer.
Sheriff Tom Schneider said it was fortunate that Athos was not injured more seriously when he hit the front passenger door of the police car.
“This could have been catastrophic,” Schneider said. “The K-9 was in a full sprint toward the individual. The K-9 is doing well. Our dog handler is doing well. This is an emotional time. The end result is we got a person who could have posed a threat to the safety of the community. We appreciate the thoughts and prayers of people for the dog.”