Police dog helped capture man accused of leading officers on chase through Central Lubbock

One man is in custody after what originally started as a traffic stop led to a foot pursuit Friday afternoon in Central Lubbock.

 

Around noon Friday, a Lubbock police officer attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 4300 block of 53rd Street, said LPD spokeswoman Tiffany Pelt.

“The driver refused to pull over and continued driving,” she said. “The officer began to pursue the vehicle, however due to the time of day and amount of traffic, the pursuit was canceled after one minute.”

Another officer patrolling the area found the vehicle parked in the 3700 block of 53rd Street, said Pelt. As the officer began to approach the parked vehicle on foot, the driver got out of the vehicle and ran, according to police.

“A foot pursuit was initiated and officers set up a perimeter in the area to locate the suspect,” said Pelt. “K-9 units also arrived on scene to assist in locating the suspect.”

After a 25- to 30-minute search, a police dog located the suspect and helped take him into custody, she said.

The suspect, identified as 22-year-old Austin Hill, suffered minor injuries and was taken to University Medical Center.

Pelt said he will be booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center for an outstanding LPD warrant, evading in a motor vehicle and evading on foot.

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