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Originally published Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

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WA handcuffed man's escape cut short by police dog

Police in a Spokane, Wash., suburb say the tracking skills and persuasion of a sheriff's police dog cut short the freedom of a handcuffed man who managed to escape from a Spokane tribal police patrol car.

The Associated Press

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SPOKANE, Wash. —

Police in a Spokane, Wash., suburb say the tracking skills and persuasion of a sheriff's police dog cut short the freedom of a handcuffed man who managed to escape from a Spokane tribal police patrol car.

KREM-TV reports that tribal police served a search warrant Tuesday on a man at an Airway Heights hotel. Airway Heights police say tribal officers also arrested another man who was sought on a warrant for escaping from the tribe's jail. Officers handcuffed that man and put him in the back of a patrol car but he managed to roll down the window, jump out and run into a wooded area.

Spokane County sheriff's dog Ekko and his handler were among those who came to help find him.

Deputy Craig Chamberlin says Ekko tracked the man to a 10-foot-tall chain link fence. Officers thought it unlikely the man had been able to scale the fence and Ekko soon found him hiding behind a tree.

Once Ekko's handler told the man to surrender or greet the dog, the escapee was recaptured without incident.

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