NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH) – A Naugatuck police dog tracked down a man who fled from a car accident, hiding under a tarp and inside a large, plastic garbage bin.
On Friday, police first responded to a two car accident in the area of Prospect and Union Street, according to responders. Once they arrived on the scene, they found a heavily damaged, unoccupied, red Toyota Camry. The driver and any potential passengers of that car had fled the scene.
In the Camry, responders found a child car in the back seat. Witnesses also said they saw the driver remove something from the back. Based on this collected evidence, police began to search for a potentially injured driver and child.
As the investigation progressed, the driver was identified as 26-year-old Austin Cyr and had a warrant for his arrest.
They then discovered what Cyr had removed from the car. It was not a child, but rather, his mother’s dog. The dog was unharmed in the crash, according to officials. It was found tied to the fence behind a residence in the area. Police returned the dog to Cyr’s mother.
Officer Kosky and K9 Tommy began to track Cyr in the south side of Prospect Street. K9 Tommy brought responding officers to Cyr’s hiding spot. He was hidden under a tarp and located inside of a large, plastic garbage bin.
Police shared body camera footage detailing the moment they found Cyr, which can be viewed here.
“It didn’t look like somebody could fit there,” said Officer Pinho, who shared video of the capture. “When K9 Tommy and Officer Kosky were standing there, I started to lift up the tarp and see if there was anything underneath, and that’s when I saw the suspect’s head.”
He was taken into custody and will appear in court on Monday.
Cyr has previous incidents around the state of Connecticut. He was arrested back in 2017 after he was found cutting himself with a knife in Alvord Park. He threatened to harm police if they got involved. The incident closed the surrounding school and ended with Cyr being tased and taken into custody. He was found with various drug paraphernalia on his person.