STANFORD — A Shirley man has been charged with trying to drown a police dog after officers tried to serve a warrant Tuesday in Stanford.

Stephen Sholty, 40, faces a misdemeanor charge of attempting to injure or kill a police animal. McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage said Rico, the K-9, was not injured.

Court documents say the incident occurred as at least five officers tried to serve to two McLean County warrants, one for a felony and one for a misdemeanor.

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But Sholty ran away and Rico, a Belgian Malinois, was called to the scene, Sandage said. “When the dog went after him, (Sholty) grabbed him by the neck and tried to drown him,” the sheriff said.

In addition to the dog charge, Sholty also faces five counts of resisting arrest. He was jailed in lieu of posting $2,035.

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Contact Kelsey Watznauer at (309) 820-3254. Follow her on Twitter: @kwatznauer.


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