SOUTHERN ILLINOIS -- An Illinois State Police trooper and his K9 partner, Koda, apprehended a pair of suspects fleeing from Indiana authorities Friday.
On Friday, state police had been contacted by authorities in Posey County, Indiana, regarding a pair of suspects fleeing police who were headed toward Illinois on Interstate 64. Indiana authorities halted their pursuit at the state line.
According to a report from ISP District 19, an alert citizen in White County noticed a vehicle matching the description of the one sought by authorities near White County roads 950E and 2450N.
An ISP trooper, with K9 partner Koda, along with three other officers from other police departments, located the two suspects in a nearby drainage ditch.
The trooper ordered them out of the drainage culvert, and after several minutes, Brittany N. Howder, 32, of Grayville, came out.
The other suspect, Matthew R. Curtis, 41, of Mount Vernon, Indiana, refused to leave the culvert. The ISP trooper ordered Koda to seize the suspect, who then jumped into the nearby swiftly flowing drainage ditch.
Koda followed Curtis into the water and caught him.
Curtis was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and then released to the custody of the White County Jail, awaiting extradition to Indiana. He was charged with driving while license suspended and resisting arrest. Howder also is in the custody of White County Jail, also awaiting extradition to Indiana. She was charged with resisting arrest.
Agencies assisting with the arrest included White County, Sheriff's Department, Wayne County Sheriff's Department and Illinois Secretary of State Police
"We are grateful to people that take 'See Something Say Something' seriously and provide information to law enforcement authorities. Because of the public providing quality information and the swift actions of our troopers, we were able to quickly take dangerous criminals off the streets" said ISP District 19 Commander Nathan Douglas. "I'm especially proud of the efforts of Koda and his handler. The intense training they received at ISP Canine School made it possible for Koda to brave the swift waters to apprehend and possibly save this individual's life."