This was dog's first human find, handler Martinez says

Pictured: Sputnik the canine officer is pictured with Sgt. Albert Martinez with the police department and Sputnik's handler after he found a suspect, who had fled from police in a brush pile. Photo by OFELIA GARCIA HUNTER

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Four legs are sometimes better than two, and that was the case Wednesday when Sputnik, a canine officer, tracked down an individual who had fled on foot from police.

This was Sputnik's first human find. The dog specializes in narcotics sniffing.

Sputnik found Miguel Galindo, who had fled from police during a traffic stop.

"He (Sputnik) threw his head up south," said Sputnik's handler Sgt. Albert Martinez with the police department. "(Galindo) was hiding in the middle of a brush pile and had taken off his shirt."

According to police, Galindo was stopped on Highway 281 for a traffic violation about 2 p.m. Wednesday.

As the officers questioned him, Galindo sped away in a Dodge Dakota, which had been reported stolen.

"He felt he had a warrant, so he jumped in the truck and takes off," Martinez said.

Galindo attempted to escape and went through a fenced gate and bailed out of the truck into the brush.

That was when Martinez utilized Sputnik to track Galindo down.

Galindo was arrested and taken to the Jim Wells County jail and faces charges of evading arrest with a vehicle, police said.

Because the owner got his truck back, he did not file charges, police said.