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Police dog pushed into car after chase could be transferred

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Dash camera video shows the WPD officer picking the police dog up and forcing it through the driver's side window. (Source: WPD) Dash camera video shows the WPD officer picking the police dog up and forcing it through the driver's side window. (Source: WPD)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

A Wilmington police dog that was involved in a police chase in October 2013 could be transferred to Fair Bluff.

Dash cam video shows officer Stafford Brister lifting his police dog, K-9 Kaas, into the driver's side window of Johnnie Williams' car after leading several officers on a chase when he drove through a DWI checkpoint.

A grand jury decided the incident should not result in criminal charges against Brister. He since returned to active duty as a patrol officer and not to the K-9 Unit.

A report said that K-9 Kaas is "suitable" for police work, but the WPD does not currently have an experienced handler for the dog.

Members of Wilmington's City Council will discuss a resolution during their meeting Tuesday that would transfer K-9 Kaas to the Fair Bluff Police Department.

The Fair Bluff Police Department has expressed interest in brining K-9 Kaas to the department to help combat a growing drug and gang problem in that area.

According to Wilmington's city manager, the Fair Bluff Police Chief has been an experienced K-9 handler for over ten years.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said an analysis of the WPD's K-9 department revealed that the agency only needs four dogs and Kaas is the odd man out.

Evangelous said Kaas still has three good years of service left and will be better suited in Fair Bluff.

"I'm sure multiple people are going to miss him," said Evangelous. "He belongs working. He does. That's where he functions, and he's a great dog. He's a great tracker."

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