Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 30, 2012

Police chief jogs then runs down a burglar

DALTON, Ga. — Police Chief Jason Parker was out for his morning run when he noticed something unusual – a possible burglary in progress. It ended in a foot chase and the arrest of a man suspected of theft.

It started when Parker spotted a man carrying a large bag of items across a neighborhood street. As the officer approached the man, the suuspect sped up, and cut through a yard.

The chief didn’t have a cell phone with him but asked a couple also out on a morning stroll to call police. Parker shouted out t to the man, who quickly dropped a few items and took off. But it was no match as Parker, an avid runner, soon caught up with the 48-year-old man and held him down until other officers arrived.

“I just reacted the way any of our officers would,” Parker said of the incident. “What started out as a chance encounter resulted in a great team effort.”

The man was charged with obstruction of an officer, burglary and theft.

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Details for this story were provided by The Dalton (Ga,) Daily Citizen.

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