Long Beach man accused of striking K9 deputy and dog with car

Dillon Jacob Suddeth. (Image source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department.)
Dillon Jacob Suddeth. (Image source: Harrison County Sheriff's Department.)

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - A Long Beach man is in hot water with the law after he allegedly led authorities on a high speed chase and struck a Harrison County sheriff's deputy and his K9 partner with his vehicle. Harrison County Chief Deputy Landi Phillips said Dillon Jacob Suddeth, 23, is charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer and one count of felony malicious mischief.

Phillips said a K9 deputy spotted Suddeth in a vehicle reported stolen out of Pass Christian on Sunday. According to authorities, Suddeth refused to stop for the deputy and turned into a driveway on Pineville Road in Pass Christian.

That is where officials say Suddeth made an abrupt turn in the back yard of the home, hitting a parked vehicle and a shed, and then hit the K9 deputy and his dog, Dago.

Phillips said the deputy fired two rounds into the vehicle Suddeth was driving, which caused him to crash into a tree and then flee on foot. Phillips said the deputy, with the help of Dago, quickly apprehended Suddeth.

Officials said the K9 deputy and Suddeth were treated at Memorial Hospital for minor injuries and later released. Dago is being treated at the Gulf Coast Veterinary Emergency Hospital in Biloxi.

Phillips said Suddeth is being held at the Harrison County Jail on a $210,000 bond. He said charges of possession of a stolen vehicle and burglary are pending through the Pass Christian Police Department.

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