Niagara Gazette


November 23, 2012

K-9 caper leads to arrest in hit-and-run case


Niagara Gazette — "One of their deputies recognized who our suspect was and was able to develop information on where (the hit-and-run driver) might park his car," Pino said.

Armed with that information, Falls Police Roving Anti-Crime Unit officers were able to find the car, a 1996 Chevy Monte Carlo, hidden behind a home in the 800 block of 87th Street. Evidence there lead officers to believe heir suspect might be near by and Pino asked police Patrol Division officers to surround the darkened home.

At that point, Sheriff's K-9 Deputy Shawn Furey, and his partner Vedder, arrived on the scene to assist. Furey, with help from Niagara County Probation officers, had supplied the information of where Brown and his car might be.

Furey and the officers waited, nature took its course with Vedder.

"I brought (Vedder) out of the car, because I thought I'd take him to the back of the house to provide security back there," Furey said. "Then as he were going back there, I thought maybe I'd let him (relieve himself)."

As Furey walked his dog toward a fence, Vedder made a sudden move.

"So he's walking toward the fence and all of a sudden his head goes down and he's tracking and I thought, why is he tracking," Furey said. But then he started going through the brushand we came around a garage and there was (Brown). He was just sitting there."

Furey and the Falls officers took Brown into custody. In an ironic twist, Brown had been released from the Niagara County Jail just a few hours earlier in the day.

Investigators said Brown's speech was slurred and her "reeked" of alcohol. The suspect refused a Breathalyzer test, but officers recovered a receipt for a 12 pack of beer from his pocket and four unopened cans of beer by Brown's car.

The victim was taken to the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of head and internal injuries and a fractured leg. The injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

"You had four different police agencies all working together on this and without each of them, this (the arrest) wouldn't have happened," Furey said. "Everything came together perfectly on this."

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