Two minutes — 120 seconds. That’s all it took for a Henry County Sheriff’s Department bloodhound team to find a fugitive Tuesday night who had evaded officers in Decatur County.
Decatur County Sheriff Keith Byrd said Sheriff’s Cpl. Stacey Bostwick and K-9 Officer Rowdy located Billie Joe Cruse, 48, of Sugar Tree within two minutes.
Cruse was charged with felony evading arrest and is wanted in connection with several burglaries in Benton County in the past few weeks.
Byrd said Cruse also had warrants in Carroll County and told officers that he “wouldn’t be taken alive.”
According to a warrant, Cruse made several attempts to cause collisions with pursuing law enforcement vehicles while evading arrest.
At 10 p.m. Tuesday, Cruse was spotted on a distant relative’s back porch, but was gone when officers arrived.
Byrd said he called Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew at 11:30 p.m., and Belew sent Bostwick and Rowdy, who is trained as a bloodhound.
He said Rowdy located Cruse within two minutes after he arrived.
Byrd said he believed Cruse had swallowed narcotics, as he seemed to be in bad shape and was having trouble walking after he was found.
Cruse was arrested and taken to the emergency room. After he recovered, he was taken to the Decatur County Jail.