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Police K9 Bites Reston Man After Suspect Eludes Officer, Crashes Car

by Karen Goff October 20, 2016 at 10:00 am 10 Comments

Devante Harris/FCPDA Reston man is facing a number of charges — and recovering from a bite from a police K9 — after trying to elude a Fairfax County Police officer.

The man, 20-year-old Devante Harris of Reston, was at a red light at Wiehle Avenue and North Shore Drive Tuesday at 10:48 p.m.

An officer was behind Harris at the light as he turned right on red in violation of a posted sign. The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop but the Honda fled and a brief pursuit ensued, police said.

Harris lost control and crashed near Association Drive; he then fled on foot. The Fairfax 1 helicopter and a K9 team responded to assist in the search for the fleeing suspect.

When K9 located the suspect, he “was combative, refused to comply with the officer’s commands, and was bitten by the K9 dog,” police said.

Harris was transported to Reston Hospital Center for treatment. Upon his release, he was transported to the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center and charged with felony speed to elude, reckless driving, disregarding a highway sign, driving on a suspended license and improper registration.

Photo: Devante Harris/FCPD

  • johnQPublic

    Good Dog

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Clearly excessive force. This guy was minding his own business. The cop shouldn’t have hassled him for making an illegal left right turn.

    • blm

      He was very lucky it was only a dog bite; lately ethnic people get shot killed dead for things like this… It’s not surprising he ran in the first place.

      • One Really

        I believe he ran because he was breaking the law.

        Who was the last person to “get shot killed dead” for speeding to elude, reckless driving, disregarding a highway sign, driving on a suspended license and improper registration in Fairfax County? I am drawing a blank.

        • Chuck Morningwood

          I’m not coming to this guy’s defense, but the world is larger than Fairfax County.

          • One Really

            I’m not coming to defend the police, but not every cop is out to shoot someone.

            Also, fully aware the world is bigger than Fairfax, just don’t paint with a broad brush.

      • Mike M

        You busted this case wide open. The dog was profiling! We should go loot the liquor store!

  • SSM2012

    I was taught in my journalism classes that “man bites dog” is news; a dog biting a man still isn’t news in my book. Hmmm. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_bites_dog_(journalism)

    • Karen Goff

      Thank you, professor. The suspect ran from police, who used county resources (chopper in sky, car chase, perimeter, K9s) to find him, was bitten by dog, received (likely taxpayer funded) medical care and THEN was charged with 5 crimes. Also, I received 10 messages asking what the sirens and helicopter were about. Not just about the dog bite. It’s news.

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