NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston police say a man who attacked two officers during a traffic stop Monday night was hospitalized with minor injuries after one of the officer's called upon his K-9 for backup.
Officers reportedly initiated a traffic stop around 10:10 p.m. in the area of International Blvd. for a Ford Five Hundred with illegal window tint. While speaking with the driver, police say the front seat passenger, identified as 30-year-old Brian Haynes, began acting nervous while attempting to conceal something in his left pocket.
When the officers ordered Haynes out of the car, the suspect allegedly attempted to run but was grabbed by police.
An incident report states Haynes began to "tussle" with the two officers while grabbing at one of the cop's shoulder rigs, which holds his firearm.
After repeatedly telling Haynes to let go and to stop resisting, one of the officers pushed his door popper to release Felon, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois Police K-9, who was then commanded to apprehend the suspect.
The report states K-9 Felon latched onto Haynes' lower left leg. The suspect was then taken to the ground by officers and arrested.
Officers say they found a plastic bag with 6.3 grams of cocaine in Haynes' left pocket. Under the passenger seat inside the vehicle was a fully loaded Springfield XD-9 with one 9mm round in the chamber.
Haynes suffered multiple puncture wounds and a laceration to his left calf, as well as a laceration to his left hand from K-9 Felon. He was transported to MUSC for treatment, and then transferred to the Charleston County Detention Center.