Sunday, April 22, 2018
Public safety

Pasco man fought two deputies and a dog, report says

HUDSON — It took two deputies and a dog to bring him down.

Thomas Foskey Jr. was wanted on charges of burglary and violating a domestic violence injunction when deputies confronted him Saturday night on State Road 52, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report says. Deputy Joseph Liddick ordered him to stop, but Foskey, 29, started to flee.

"Don't you run!" Liddick told him, according to the report. "This dog will bite you!"

He released his police dog Ace, who clamped onto Foskey's thigh. Foskey pulled the dog with him, across the lanes of SR 52, when Liddick called the dog off, fearing Ace might get hit by a car.

Then Liddick released Ace again, and this time the dog held Foskey as Liddick took him to the ground. Cpl. John Spicgulia arrived to help. But Foskey got up again and elbowed Liddick twice in the chest, the report states. Liddick punched him in the ribs. Three men and a dog tumbled into a chain-link fence, flattening it while they struggled.

Ace bit Foskey in the lower back until he gave up and the deputies cuffed him.

Foskey, of Spring Hill, was booked at the Pasco jail on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting with violence and criminal mischief in addition to his previous charges involving burglary and domestic violence injunctions. He remained in jail Monday in lieu of $21,650 bail.

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