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K-9 Captures Man in Chase from 7 Eleven

(La Porte, IN) - A man could not outrun a police dog in a chase that began early Thursday morning outside the new 7 Eleven in La Porte.


Just before 3 a.m., a La Porte County Police officer walked into the store and recognized Jesse Maupin because of his previous encounters with law enforcement.


During a computer search, the officer learned the man at the register had a felony warrant out for his arrest on a charge of failure to return to lawful detention.


The officer approached Maupin outside the building to take him into custody on the warrant but the man following a short confrontation began running down Rockwood St.  The foot chase ended when the officer pushed a button on his vest to release a K-9 dog from his police vehicle still parked outside the store. 

Maupin, 30, kept running despite warned about the dog, "Simba" who caught up to the suspect and bit him twice.


The dog held Maupin until the officer caught up to them on foot.


Police said a plastic bag of suspected methamphetamine was found beside Maupin while he was on the ground.


Maupin of Michigan City was taken to Northwest Health for treatment of a dog bite.

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