Lake County Sheriff’s Canine Dax tracked down three suspects who were hiding after they fled from a stolen car during a traffic stop in Fox Lake Monday morning.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said a sheriff’s deputy was on patrol around 2:40 a.m. Monday.
The deputy spotted a 2012 Jeep SUV that was reported stolen out of Zion.
Sheriff’s deputies conducted a traffic stop on the stolen Jeep in the area of Washington Street and Rollins Road in Fox Lake.
Four occupants fled from the vehicle, including the driver, who left the car in gear, Covelli said.
The Jeep rolled backward into the squad car of the deputy who conducted the traffic stop.
Sheriff’s deputies established a large perimeter and Deputy Forlenza and Canine Dax were called to help search for the suspects.
Covelli said Dax located three of the four subjects hiding in a shed in the 0-100 block of Highview Road in Fox Lake.
The three were taken into custody by officers. Those three are believed to be passengers.
Sheriff’s deputies believe they have identified the driver, Covelli said.
Once they confirm that subject was the driver, they will seek an arrest warrant in the case, Covelli said.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office over the weekend revealed their two newest canines, Zeus and Drako, and said the two have officially graduated from training and are hitting the streets.
The two new canines bring the total number of canines at the sheriff’s office to 10.