Man accused of trying to drown Lakewood police dog during pursuit

Staff writerJune 30, 2014 

A man is in jail after he allegedly tried to drown Lakewood police dog Koda during a chase last week.

Koda and handler officer James Syler are both OK, department spokesman John Unfred said Monday, though he said Syler went to the hospital for minor scrapes after the Thursday pursuit.

Martonio Malone Ramsey pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of harming a police dog, attempting to elude police, first-degree possession of stolen property and obstructing a police officer.

The 25-year-old man’s bail was set at $125,000.

According to charging papers:

Ramsey drove away when an officer tried to pull him over for speeding, in what officers later learned was a stolen Dodge Charger.

During the resulting chase, Ramsey hit a curb and rolled the vehicle near 112th Street Southwest and Gravelly Lake Drive.

The officer told him to get on the ground, and though Ramsey said “OK” repeatedly, he instead tried to flee. When a stun gun didn’t stop him and he ran off, the officer called for backup.

Syler and Koda arrived and tracked Ramsey to where he was hiding — in a fish ladder along Clover Creek, in waist-deep water.

Ramsey didn’t surrender, and when Koda tried to stop him, he grabbed the dog by the neck and pushed his head under water.

Other officers arrived. Ramsey stopped fighting when he was hit in the face several times. As another officer handcuffed Ramsey, Syler yelled for help because he and Koda had slipped and were struggling to keep their heads above water.

Other officers were able to help Syler and Koda to safety.

Alexis Krell: 253-597-8268 alexis.krell@thenewstribune.com thenewstribune.com/crime-news @amkrell

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