Police canine Zeus at Kingston police HQ shows off one of his titanium canine too crowns.
Steph Crosier file photo / Postmedia
KINGSTON — It’s been a busy week for Kingston police’s canine, Zeus, who helped arrest four people in four days.The first came case was Monday, when, after passing two vehicles on Highway 401 using the shoulder, an erratic driver ramped off, ran a red light and hit another vehicle.A woman in the other vehicle was taken to hospital.The erratic driver fled into a nearby swamp.Zeus, who sports two titanium crowns on his lower canine teeth, and longtime handler Const. Jeff Dickson tracked the suspect through the swamp. When the man tried to run, Zeus took him down by the arm. The suspect, 45, was charged with dangerous driving and failing to remain at the scene of a collision.Two days later, Dickson and Zeus were called out again for the arrest of two people in a stolen vehicle.When officers told the driver he was under arrest for possessing the stolen vehicle, he put the vehicle in drive and attempted to flee. That was when an officer and Zeus jumped in. When the officer tried to gain control of the driver, the man punched the officer in the face, then put the vehicle in reverse and slammed it into a police cruiser.After the arrest, police found a firearm, a Taser, and small baggies containing a white substance police suspected to be crystal methamphetamine in the vehicle.The driver, 37, and a female passenger, 40, were arrested and charged with several weapons and drugs offences.On Thursday at about 11:15 p.m., Dickson and Zeus were called to assist a woman whose drunk ex-boyfriend had broken into her home through a back window, Const. Ash Gutheinz said.When Dickson and Zeus arrived at the home, Dickson noted the man’s pickup truck was damaged.The man had already run from the home, so a track was initiated. Zeus followed the man’s scent to a nearby yard, where the man was hiding in a bush.As the man started to run away, Dickson called for him to stop. When he failed to heed, Zeus was released and tackled the suspect over a front-step railing, jaws wrapped around his thigh.The 29-year-old man was charged with forcible entry, impaired driving and impaired driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit. He was held overnight in police custody and was to attend bail court on Friday.“I continue to be impressed by Zeus’ work on the job and in training,” Dickson said of his eight-year-old partner.Dickson said Zeus received a “huge belly rub” as a reward for his efforts.ALSO IN THE NEWS:Illegally parked vehicles will be towed from downtown event areas Canada DayRetiring, departing doctors will leave 2,100 in Perth without family physiciansThree injured in gun-related incident near Plantagenetscrosier@postmedia.comtwitter.com/StephattheWhig