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‘Phantom’ bites, helps cops nab police chase suspect

Posted at 11:31 AM, Apr 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-17 12:54:08-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) --A 48-year-old man is facing charges after an overnight police chase ended with an accident and the suspect being bit by a police canine.

The chase started around 1:15 a.m. Thursday when officers tried to pull over William Tuppince on Maury Street.

Richmond police said the driver refused to stop and the drove onto I-95. However, after a few minutes, the suspect ran off the road on I-64 in Henrico County.

Police said Tuppince refused to get out of his vehicle, but was apprehended by Richmond and Virginia State Police, along with the help of a police K-9 named “Phantom.”

Tuppince was charged with five charges, including two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer.

Detectives said the pursuit lasted just a few minutes and never reached high speeds.