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Lake County Sheriff K-9 Dax locates injured man in Island Lake and woman in Antioch

Deputy John Forlenza and K-9 Dax
Lake County Sheriff Deputy John Forlenza and K-9 Dax.

Lake County Sheriff Canine Dax was busy overnight in Lake County as he helped locate a woman near Antioch and then an injured man in Island Lake.

The Island Lake Police Department responded to the 500 block of Lauren Lane for a report of a 29-year-old man in mental crisis.

Lake County Sheriff Spokesman Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that Deputy John Forlenza and his partner, canine Dax, responded to assist Island Lake police around 3 a.m. Saturday.

The 29-year-old man had injured himself and a large amount of blood was found on the ground. He had then left his residence on foot.

Canine Dax acquired the scent of the man’s blood and began an immediate track, Covelli said. Dax tracked past several homes and alerted to a driveway in the 500 block of Newbury Drive.

Deputies found the man hiding under a truck bed cover which was in the yard of the residence. Deputies spoke to the man for several minutes before he agreed to willingly come out.

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The man was transported to the hospital for his injuries and a mental health evaluation.

Just hours prior to the call, Dax assisted a sheriff’s deputy in the 26700 block of Woodland Avenue in unincorporated Antioch.

A highly intoxicated 21-year-old had caused several disturbances at area homes before fleeing on foot.

Deputies wanted to locate her to ensure her safety due to her high level of intoxication, Covelli said. “Dax didn’t have to track far on this one – the woman was found hiding in a detached garage on the property.”


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