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K-9 helps NPR police subdue violent suspect

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New Port Richey police officers said a K-9 officer helped apprehend a suspect who was violently resisting arrest this morning.

At 10:22 a.m., officers stopped a 1992 Nissan at the corner of Rowan Road and Main Street. A K-9 unit alerted officers to the presence of narcotics.

The driver, Lacey Diane Cannara, 24, New Port Richey, was arrested on driving and drug charges.

When the officers began to question the rear-seat passenger, Andrew Herman, 28, no known address, they attempted a patdown, but Herman pushed the K-9 handler down, police said.

Another officer and the handler grabbed Herman, but he pushed and struck both officers. police said.

Herman, who is also known as “Junk,” struggled with the officers across two southbound lanes of Rowan Road, the median and two northbound lanes of Rowan, and onto the east shoulder. Officers deployed stun guns twice, but to no avail.

As he broke away from the second stun-gun deployment, the K-9, Roever, bit Herman on the lower extremities. Herman punched Roever in the head and Roever disengaged. The dog recovered and bit Herman again this time, allowing officers to take Herman into custody, police said.

Officers said Herman had a cigarette case containing narcotics tucked in his waistband.

During the encounter, the K-9 handler was hit by the stun gun and was accidently bit by Roever. Another officer possibly broke his thumb. The officers were treated at a local hospital and released.

Herman was taken to a local hospital to have the dog bite injuries examined. He faces charges of possession of heroin, possession of cocaine, possession of controlled substance, resisting with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and battery on a police K-9.

Cannara faces charges of driving while license suspended or revoked, possession of cocaine, and 13 counts of possession of paraphernalia, which included needles, straws and spoons with residue on them.

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