Police, dog snag fugitive

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ROMNEY — A man with a history of running from police couldn’t escape the jaws of justice Wednesday evening.

John Patrick Thomas Wright fled on foot when Romney police tried to serve him with two felony warrants Wednesday.

He was caught on Endler Avenue, west of downtown, with the help of county and state officers — and a K9.

Sr. Deputy Chris Carroll of the Hampshire County Sheriff’s office responded to the assistance call with his dog Paco. They tracked the suspect to his hiding place under some pine trees on Endler Avenue.

When Wright did not comply with the deputy’s commands, Carroll sent in Paco, who bit the suspect.

In addition to the pair of grand larceny warrants, Wright was charged with obstructing an officer, fleeing on foot and being a fugitive from justice out of Cumberland, Md.

Wright, 19, was wanted in April a year ago on an underage drinking charge and on succeeding days, fled from Romney police officers. He was charged on April 25, 2012, with fleeing other than by vehicle and one day later with fleeing on foot.

Wednesday afternoon, Wright was treated for the dogbite at the scene and taken to Potomac Highlands Regional Jail, where he was being held on $3,000 bond.

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