Police dog nabs ex-convict during Bradenton burglary

MANATEE -- A 32-year-old ex-convict was arrested Thursday after he was caught burglarizing a Bradenton towing company, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. Jason Dailey was taken into custody about 5:55 p.m., but not before he punched and tried to fight off a police dog, according to a report.

The owners of Barfield's Towing, 4801 15th St. E., called 911 to report someone, later identified as Dailey, was in the lot stealing car wheels.

The deputy and his K-9 partner entered the lot and found Dailey, who had dark mud covering his face and a cloth covering his mouth. As deputy identified himself, Dailey, who had a car wheel in his hand, turned and tried to run away.

As the deputy released his dog, Dailey threw the wheel, striking the dog in the head and neck. Dailey then punched the dog twice in the head in an attempt to flee.

The dog took Dailey to the ground, and the human deputy then placed him in handcuffs.

Deputies found nine car wheels outside the lot's fence, where they say Dailey had placed them, according to the report.

Dailey suffered minor injuries to his ankle, wrist and bicep and was taken to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center for treatment.

The K-9 was not hurt, according to the sheriff's office.

Officials say Dailey was released from prison in January, after serving eight months for grand theft, burglary and dealing in stolen property in cases in Manatee and Desoto counties.

Dailey was being held on $12,500 bond at the Manatee County jail. He faces charges of burglary, resisting arrest, harming a police dog and possession of burglary tools.