K9s find man who fled traffic stop

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 5, 2015

K9 units tracked down an Andalusia man who fled from a traffic stop late Tuesday night in Opp.

Opp Police Chief Mike McDonald said in a release Wednesday that an OPD patrol officers stopped a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe on Pittman Road for a traffic violation.

McDonald said that during the traffic stop, officers determined that one of the four vehicle occupants had an outstanding warrant with the city of Andalusia.

When police made contact with a second occupant, Jesse James Spikes, a 33-year-old male of Andalusia, officers determined he was giving a false name.

“When officers attempted to detain Spike, he physically resisted and fled from the scene of the traffic stop on foot,” McDonald said.

OPD officers along with the Covington County Sheriff’s Department deputies established a perimeter around the area and requested K9 assistance from the Covington County Sheriff’s Department tracking unit.

“The tracking dogs tracked Spikes to a storage shed located behind a residence on Gore Street, where Spikes was taken into custody by Opp officers,” McDonald said. “At the time of this event, Spikes had a warrant for probation violation as well as an arrest order for failure to pay child support.”

He has also been charged with resisting arrest, using a false identity to obstruct justice, attempting to elude a police officer and criminal trespass II.