Couple On Crime Spree Strike K9 With Car, K9 Gets Revenge

Swett & Ellig

When couples go on a crime spree, it is double the trouble. Couple’s partnering in crime invokes the image of Bonnie and Clyde, though very few live up to the duo.

Most couple crime binges just cause chaos and get themselves or others hurt.

Florida Couple

In Haines City, Florida, a police officer saw a blue 2003 Toyota sitting at a construction site while out patrolling. According to WTSP, it was around 2:00 a.m.

As soon as 31-year-old Matthew Swett saw Officer William Tucker, he hoped into the Toyota and sped toward the police car. The impact from the collision damaged the front of the officer’s car.

Officers say, Kaila Ellig, 32, was also in the vehicle. K-9 officer Joseph Elam and Cash saw Swett exiting the road onto Old Polk City Road. Elam followed the car for a short time before it crashed into a ditch. The two got out of the vehicle, and Elam utilized Cash.

“The commands were ignored, and Swett put the vehicle in reverse and intentionally drove toward the two, striking Cash. Officer Elam, seeing what was about to happen, used the leash to pull Cash away from the accelerating vehicle into his arms and ran, with Cash in his arms, to avoid being run over. Thanks to his quick action, K-9 Cash was not injured.”

Haines City Spokesperson

Escape Tactics

According to officers, Swett repeatedly backed up and rammed Officer Elam’s vehicle with his own. Swett eventually sped off.

This jaunt did not last very long before he crashed again. Swett and Ellig jumped out of the vehicle, running into the woods.

The abandoned vehicle caught on fire. Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Osceola County Sheriff’s Office set up the perimeter and assisted with tracking the two suspects.

The pair went over a fence and cut a hole in a screen to gain entry to a porch. It turns out, the home belonged to Haines City Mayor Morris West.

Under Arrest

Swett would not follow officers’ commands and was seen reaching into his waistband. In an attempt to prevent any further problems, Officer Elam released Cash.

Swett was bitten on the leg and arrested. According to authorities, Ellig came peacefully. Swett is facing a laundry list of charges, including battery on a law enforcement officer and armed burglary.

Swett was treated at the hospital for his dog bite, before going to jail.




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