EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

New Hampshire

September 26, 2013

Police allege man was drunk, driving stolen vehicle

SALEM — A man who was allegedly drunk behind the wheel of a stolen car was tracked down by a police K-9 in the woods and arrested Monday.

Thomas Hunt, 50, of Medford is charged with DWI, second offense; resisting arrest; receiving stolen property, felony; and driving after suspension.

Police were called to North Main Street for a report of an erratic driver who nearly caused a head-on collision, according to Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten.

The car had pulled in to the lot at Kev’s Country Store at 110 N. Main St., he said, and the witness who called police approached Hunt. He then ran into the woods.

Police established a perimeter and Officer Dan Nelson and K-9 Trigger started a search. Trigger picked up Hunt’s scent and he was quickly located in the woods, “hunkered down” near a swamp, Patten said.

But Hunt refused to respond to police orders and Trigger bit him. Police dragged Hunt out of hius hiding spot. he was taken to police headquareters and trated for “minor” dog bites by Salem Fire Department personnel, Patten said.

The vehicle he was driving had been stolen Sunday night in Massachusetts.

Hunt was still in the county jail yesterday afternoon.

— Jo-Anne MacKenzie

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