Police dog helps foil attic escape for Savannah man

SAVANNAH -- A man arrested Thursday after fleeing from Savannah police found that one dog's bite was worse than his bark.

Matthew Tennyson Bosque, 30, of Savannah was charged with felony obstruction after he threatened to shoot an officer and a police dog, according to a news release from Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police.

Police found Bosque hiding in the attic of a house on 54th Street about 9 p.m. after a hit-and-run accident. The homeowner gave police permission to remove him, the release said.

Bosque threatened the officer and the dog with a gun he said was in his pocket. After a long discussion, police were ready to shoot him with a stun gun but hesitated because they feared he'd fall through the ceiling, according to the release.

In the meantime, Bosque decided to make the first move, lunging toward the officer and putting police dog Chip in a headlock, the release said. During the tussle, an officer fell partially through the ceiling.

But it was Bosque who suffered the most.

Along with going to jail on charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of the accident, he was treated by EMS after bumping his head on a roof joist -- and for a bite to his left arm, courtesy of Chip.