Deputy Argo lends a paw subduing bad guy (CHOMP)


La Porte County Sheriff’s Office press release:

“On Dec. 21, 2019, at approximately 8 a.m., Deputy Bobby Greer was parked in the lot of the Shell gas station at 10505 N. U.S. 12. He observed a vehicle enter the parking lot and immediately recognized the vehicle as possibly matching the description of a stolen vehicle. Once the vehicle stopped, Greer was able to obtain the license plate. He performed an inquiry through a database that confirmed the vehicle had indeed previously been reported as being stolen.

Deputies Greer and Argo

Greer drove behind the vehicle and activated his emergency lights. The driver left the Shell lot and began to travel west on U.S. 12. The fleeing vehicle turned onto SR 212 and begin to travel south. At the SR 212 and U.S. 20 interchange, the vehicle exited and began traveling west on Michigan Boulevard toward Michigan City. The vehicle pursuit traveled on Dickson Street, Elk Street and Woodland Avenue. At the intersection of Woodland and Coolspring avenues, the fleeing vehicle turned into the parking lot of FedEx (945 South Woodland Ave.). Greer located the vehicle parked on the north side of the property. A short time later, the vehicle left the property and began to travel south on Woodland Avenue. The vehicle continued south on Woodland Avenue before eventually turning into the Normandy Village Apartment Complex. The vehicle eventually stopped, the driver exited and began to flee on foot.

Greer and his K-9 partner Argo began to chase after the driver. A short time later, Greer took the man to the ground. Deputy Scott Lanoue arrived and began to assist. As they attempted to take the man into custody, he continued to resist them and kicked in the direction of Argo and Greer. Argo proceeded to engage the man and bite him in the lower body area. Once Argo was removed, the man was taken into custody.

The man was identified as David T. Whitney, 34, of Clermont, FL. La Porte County EMS were summoned to treat Whitney. EMS personnel arrived and transported him to Franciscan Heath of Michigan City. He was released from the hospital and transported to the La Porte County Jail.

Whitney is charged with Resisting Law Enforcement (Level 6 Felony), Possession of Stolen Property (Level 6 Felony), Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe (Level 6 Felony), Resisting Law Enforcement (A-Misdemeanor), Possession of Marijuana (B-Misdemeanor), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C-Misdemeanor). It was also determined that Whitney was a wanted person by the sheriff’s office for battery to a police officer. He remains housed at the jail and is being held without bond.

Michigan City and Trail Creek police departments also assisted.

3 Responses to “Deputy Argo lends a paw subduing bad guy (CHOMP)”

  1. lawman

    Dec 22. 2019

    let’s add animal cruelty as well.

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  2. Mari

    Dec 23. 2019

    I agree with lawman….Great Job!!!
    Thanks protecting us from the bad guys Deputy Greer and Deputy Argo!!!!
    Merry Christmas and wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR…..

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  3. J Gaz

    Dec 26. 2019

    Way to go Argo and Bobby, never mess with a maligator.

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