Manatee police dog nabs DUI suspect after chase into Sarasota

MANATEE -- A suspected drunken driver was bitten by a police dog and arrested after leading Manatee deputies on a vehicle and foot chase into Sarasota County early Thursday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 1:47 a.m., a deputy saw Roderick N. Miller, 19, driving in the 6800 block of 15th Street East, in a "pattern consistent with an impaired driver." When the deputy tried to stop Miller, he accelerated away, according to a news release.

A chase ensued, reaching speeds of up to 85 mph. Miller fled, reaching eastbound University Parkway. Just before the intersection with U.S. 301, Miller crashed into a ditch, struck a traffic control sign and stopped when he hit a Verizon utility pole. The pole was cut in half, sending telephone lines down over University Parkway, according to the report.

Miller then fled in foot into Sarasota County. Deputies from both counties set up a perimeter, and after a brief track a Manatee sheriff's police dog found Miller hiding in some bushes.

Miller suffered a laceration and a puncture wound on the back side of his head, according to the sheriff's office.

After receiving treatment at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Miller was taken to the Sarasota County jail. He faces multiple charges, including DUI, fleeing to elude, leaving the scene of an accident and obstruction.