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Two Pasco officers injured in street scuffle after traffic stop

NEW PORT RICHEY — Two New Port Richey police officers and a K-9 were injured after a traffic stop escalated into a street scuffle on Thursday.

According to a news release, Andrew Herman, 28, and Lacey Cannara, 24, were pulled over at the corner of Rowan Road and Main Street about 10 a.m. A K-9 Unit was called in, and Cannara was arrested on driving and drug charges.

When police went to search Herman, police said, he resisted and pushed. The officers struggled with Herman across two lanes of traffic, and used a stun gun on him twice. A K-9 bit Herman in his lower extremities, then Herman punched the dog, police said.

In the confusion, K-9 Officer Nicholas Kaller was accidentally hit with the stun gun and also bit by the dog. Officer Joseph Ioppolo broke his thumb, police said. The officers were treated at a local hospital and released. Herman was charged with numerous offenses, including resisting with violence and possession of cocaine.

Two Pasco officers injured in street scuffle after traffic stop 05/15/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 15, 2014 7:01pm]
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