WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington police dog that’s been off the street for months after a bite incident following a car chase could soon find a new home in Columbus County.
The Consent Agenda for Tuesday’s Wilmington City Council meeting includes a resolution transferring K9 Kaas to the Fair Bluff Police Department. A consultant’s report earlier this year said Kaas could still work with an experienced handler. According to a letter from Wilmington City Manager Sterling Cheatham, Fair Bluff’s police chief has more than 10 years of K9 handling experience. Cheatham told council in his letter than Fair Bluff wants a dog to combat a growing drug and gang problem.
Kaas has been out of service after a Halloween night incident. Investigators say Johnnie Williams drove through a DWI checkpoint and led officers on a chase through northern Wilmington and New Hanover County. When it ended, Kaas’s handler, Ofc. Stafford Brister, put the dog through the window of the car, where it bit Williams several time. An investigation cleared Brister of wrongdoing, and a grand jury declined to indict him on any crimes. He later returned to duty as a patrol officer and without Kaas.