12/28/2007

Calif. Chihuahua helps officers find suspect

By The Associated Press

AUBURN, Calif. — A three-pound Chihuahua mix named Tink helped police put a fugitive in the clink.

The dog's Christmas Day adventure began when four suspects who were fleeing police crashed a stolen minivan into a hillside in this Sierra foothill town east of Sacramento, and one of them fled.

Tink, a Pomeranian and Chihuahua mix, found him hiding under a neighbor's motor home and chased him into the woods, said Wendy Anderson. The dog belongs to her son.

Her son and husband directed a law enforcement helicopter to where the 20-year-old man was hiding.

''The Chihuahua gave him up,'' California Highway Patrol officer Jeff Herbert said.

The three other suspects, including the driver, were juveniles from the San Francisco Bay area, Herbert said. The suspect who fled was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication and resisting arrest.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft, felony evading, driving without a license and resisting arrest, Herbert said. The other two suspects were released to their parents.

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