Vehicle chase ends with catch by police dog

MYAKKA CITY — The Florida Highway Patrol attempted to make a traffic stop in the Myakka City area late Saturday night, but the vehicle fled into DeSoto County and returned to Manatee County at about 11:40 p.m. with the FHP still in pursuit.

Manatee County deputies, who had been authorized to assist in the chase, learned the driver had stopped his vehicle in the 10200 block of 289th Street East and fled on foot.

Troopers and deputies set up a perimeter, and a police dog was used to track the suspect. After about 20 minutes of tracking, the dog located Andy Wolverton, 29, hiding in some bushes in the 29600 block of Betts Road, according to a sheriff’s report.

The dog bit Wolverton on the left calf and ankle. He was taken to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center for treatment. He did not require stitches.

Wolverton was released from the Manatee County jail after posting bonds totaling $2,120 on charges of fleeing to elude and driving with a suspended license.