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Man Bites K-9's Ear in North Carolina Police Chase

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (file photo)(WILMINGTON, N.C.) -- A police dog in North Carolina nearly sacrificed its ear when a fugitive bit it as he tried to wrestle his way loose from authorities over the weekend.

At 4:28 p.m. Sunday, police officers in Wilmington, N.C., got a tip on the whereabouts of Keith Glaspie, 22, who had eluded an arrest for a nonfatal shooting last Friday.  When police spotted him on Henry Street in Wilmington, he fled on foot, police said.

A 2-year-old police dog K-9 named Maxx soon caught up with Glaspie, and in the ensuing struggle, Glaspie tore into Maxx’s ear with his teeth, severing it in two and requiring more than 15 stitches.  In exchange, Maxx bit Glaspie, who was treated for wounds to his thigh at New Hanover Regional Medical Center before police took him to jail.

“When [Glaspie] was biting the dog, it was something we haven’t seen,” Cpl. David Pellegrino told ABC News affiliate WWAY in Wilmington.  “Yes, our dogs do get assaulted, but no one has ever tried to cannibalize one of our animals before.”

The altercation on Sunday followed a string of legal troubles for Glaspie, who is being held on a $1,025 million bond.

Glaspie allegedly opened fire on an occupied vehicle while riding by on a bicycle last Friday.  And on June 5, Wilmington police attempted to pull Glaspie over when he jumped out of his car and escaped to a nearby house.  A relative walked him out after police officers surrounded the house.  Police then booked Glaspie in the New Hanover County jail, but he was released after posting a $5,000 bond, police said.

Glaspie now faces charges of felony assault on a law enforcement animal, resisting arrest, assault on a law enforcement officer, property damage and possession of a Schedule VI controlled substance, according to WWAY.

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Philadelphia Airport Closed After Police Chase on Runway

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(PHILADELPHIA) -- Philadelphia International Airport was closed briefly Thursday after a drunken man drove his SUV through a fence and onto two runways, leading police on a high-speed chase, sparking a terrorism scare and forcing an air traffic controller to order a passenger plane to abort its landing, authorities said.

The suspect, Kenneth Richard Mazik, 24, of Chadds Ford, Pa., has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence, simple and aggravated assault, and several counts of reckless endangerment, defiant trespass and criminal mischief.

Witnesses say Mazik drove his Jeep Cherokee through an airport construction gate only a few yards from the runway at about 10 a.m. The man headed directly for the landing area just as U.S. Airways Flight 3137, a commuter jet, was about to land, they added. At the last minute, a controller ordered the pilot to pull up.

“We’ve got a rogue vehicle driving around on the airport,” one controller said, advising other aircraft of the incident and a likely delay. “We got to catch him. We’re not moving anybody until we find this guy.”

All runways were re-opened by 4 p.m.

Witnesses say it seemed as though Mazik attempted to time it so that the Jeep would meet the plane as it landed, according to a report from ABC affiliate WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. Police say Mazik never made it to the runway; officers were able to stop him first.

“The ground radar kicked in; the tower was alerted immediately and they made sure to divert flights coming in and then quickly shut the airport down,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan said, according to WPVI.

Mazik appeared to be intoxicated when he was finally apprehended, police said.

The incident has raised questions about security at the airport, but the facility’s deputy director, Keith Prune, said security was good.

“We do have security perimeter checks on a regular basis, multiple times, every shift throughout the entire day, so we’re fairly confident with our security,” Prune said.

Police checked the Jeep for explosives or other suspect material. The reported they did not find anything.

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Connecticut Police Chase Ends With Car in Sleeping Man’s Bedroom

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW HAVEN, Conn.) -- A police chase ended in a rude awakening for a Connecticut man when the chase suspect’s vehicle crashed into his bedroom and landed on top of him as he lay in bed.

Michael Sweat, 34, was sleeping in his apartment bedroom when he awoke to find a BMW SUV on top of his back, authorities said.  He spent the next hour pinned in that position until New Haven firefighters were finally able to free him.

While Sweat lay stuck underneath the car, the suspect who caused the early-morning crash fled the scene.

That person, still on the loose, had engaged police on a five-mile chase that began in the nearby town of Hamden around 12:30 a.m., police said.

Officers spotted the suspect’s BMW X5 SUV, realized the driver was wanted for motor vehicle violations and tried to pull the vehicle over.  Instead, the driver led police on a 30-minute pursuit through the campus of Southern Connecticut State University and into the town of New Haven.

There, the suspect lost control in the Newhallville neighborhood where Sweat lives.  The BMW crashed straight through Sweat’s apartment, landing fully inside his first-floor bedroom.

The suspect fled the scene on foot and remains on the loose, according to New Haven Police Officer David Hartman.

Firefighters used “manual and pneumatic tools and timber to shore up the BMW and the home itself,” while, at the same time, treating Sweat, Hartman said in a release.

Sweat did not suffer life-threatening injuries but was taken to a local hospital for treatment for second- and third-degree burns to his lower body, Hartman said.

The Connecticut State Police have been brought in to help with the investigation.

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