Okmulgee County officials initiate manhunt after suspect flees in police car with canine officer

OKMULGEE COUNTY, Okla. - A suspect steals a police car with a police dog inside and then leads authorities on a wild manhunt.

Sgt. Buddy Townes was in the process of arresting 39-year-old William Brooks for trespassing on Friday morning.

"He wasn't being totally cooperative with everything, but like I say we believed him to be under the influence of meth," said Townes.

Townes handcuffed Brooks and sat him in the passenger side of his police cruiser.

Police say that's when Brooks jumped over to the driver's seat and sped off with the police dog still inside.

Deputies, the county district attorney's task force and Henryetta police set up a perimeter and launched a manhunt west of Henryetta.

The suspect ditched the cruiser about a mile down the road outside of town. He was found hiding under thick brush, authorities say.

The K-9 officer, Endy, was still in the back seat and was not harmed.

"The car's fine. Endy is fine and we are thankful for that," said Henryetta police chief Steven Norman.

Endy has been with the department since 2007.

He was assigned to Townes last year.

"He's my partner. We go everywhere together. We do everything together," said Townes.

Brooks was booked into the Okmulgee County Jail on Friday evening, facing a host of charges.

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