Pulaski Deputy Bit by K-9 Released from Hospital

 The Pulaski County deputy injured during a suspect pursuit is expected to make a full recovery.

According to information released by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nicholas Bowyer was required to undergo multiple surgeries to his upper arm following an accident involving the Starke County K-9 unit.

Sheriff Jeff Richwine says that the K-9 Unit bit Bowyer in the arm while pursuing an assailant on a four-wheeler on August 1st.

Officers attempted to stop the suspect in the area of 500 North, west of U.S. 35. The four-wheeler ultimately crashed in the area of County Road 100 West and County Road 600 North where he fled on foot.

The suspect, identified as 43-year-old James Hurt of Ora, was located at his home and subsequently arrested. He has been charged in Pulaski County with Resisting Law Enforcement and Operating a Motor Vehicle with an Obliterated Vehicle Identification Number.

The Starke County Prosecutor’s Office has further charged Hurt with Dealing Methamphetamine by Manufacturing, Obliterating Markings on a Handgun, Possession of Methamphetamine, Resisting Law Enforcement, and Possession of Paraphernalia.

Deputy Bowyer was released from the hospital and is resting at home until he is recovered.