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Accused car thief tried to drown police canine

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According to KOMO News, a man who led police on a high-speed chase after allegedly stealing a car from a Tacoma car dealership, attacked and tried to drown a police canine in Lakewood, Wash., late last week.

Last Thursday, 25-year-old Martonio Ramsey fled from police, hit a curb and then rolled a stolen red Dodge Charger, before trying to flee on foot. The accused car thief refused to surrender and bolted away from officers; Koda, a working canine with the Lakewood Police Department, tracked Ramsey to fish ladders along Clover Creek.

Koda cornered Ramsey in waist-deep water and the suspect proceeded to try and hold the dog's head under water. According to the News Tribune, Ramsey stopped trying to drown Koda after being struck in the face several times by other police officers who responded to the scene.

Koda, and his handler, Officer James Syler, were helped out of the water by the other officers - both are expected to be okay.

On Friday, the man who started the chaotic situation pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including harming a police dog, eluding police and first-degree possession of stolen property. Ramsey is no stranger to the wrong side of the law - he has over a dozen prior convictions, including ones for car theft and eluding police.

Ramsey was booked into the Pierce County Jail - he is expected in court later this month.

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