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Body Cam Shows Altercation Between Owasso K9 Officer, Suspect

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OWASSO, Oklahoma -

A police body camera captured the dramatic end to a high-speed chase on Thursday night.

Owasso police said it started with a traffic stop and ended with the driver trying to choke a K9 officer.

U.S. Highway 169 near the Bird Creek Bridge construction zone, Owasso Officer Travis Sellers said he tried to stop a speeding car. Police said the driver, Myron Sanders, took off.

Sellers chased after Sanders. Video shows speeds reached 100 miles per hour, and all the while, Sellers could be heard talking to his partner, K9 Officer Samson.

“Speeds are picking up to 100 miles per hour,” he said. “Hang on, buddy.”

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We introduced you to Samson last fall - a highly-trained K9 that's been with the Owasso Police Department for five years.

He's a member of the team that is sometimes put in the most dangerous situations, like Thursday night.

The chase ended when police say Sanders lost control on a rural Rogers County road and crashed. But police say he wouldn't get out of the car, even when they used pepper spray.

“Open the door, open the door. Open the door, open it. Open it! Open the door, get it,” you hear in the video.

Police had to bust out two car windows.

Sellers warned what would happen next, saying, “Get out, Sir, you will be bit. Get out, Sir, you will be bit.”

Samson jumped in and Sellers used a German command to order the K9 to bite, but the suspect still wouldn't get out.

That's when police say Sanders grabbed the dog, punched him, then pinned him against the windshield and choked him.

Samson gasped for air.

“He's attacking the dog. Stop fighting my dog,” Sellers said. “He's hurt Sampson.”

Officers were able to eventually rescue the dog. His lip was cut, but other than that, he's going to be fine.

But it might be a different story for the suspect.

“Ya, the last guy that assaulted my dog got five years in prison,” Sellers said.

Once officers pulled Sanders out of the car, he told them he couldn't get out because the door was jammed.

He was taken to the hospital to be checked out, then booked into jail on several complaints, including resisting an officer and mistreating a police dog.

Police say alcohol likely was a factor.

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