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K-9 Cop Captures Suspect After Chase


One boy was a good boy. One boy was not.

One boy followed commands. The other did not. Which meant the first boy ended the night of Oct. 14 with praise, pats on the head and maybe a special treat to eat. The other boy's evening wound up being a little less pleasant.

The first boy is Boise Police K-9 cop Vigo, a 3-1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois. He's the officer who made the collar on our second boy, 25-year-old Cody Fortin of Middleton.

They met in thick brush lining a canal near West Homer Road and North Hawkcrest Lane at the base of the Eagle Foothills. But the chain of events leading up to their ill-fated encounter began the night before at a Boise party.

Witnesses told police that a man, later identified as Fortin, crashed the party and began fighting with an adult male inside the house on the 1900 block of North 32nd Street. Fortin allegedly stabbed the victim in the shoulder before fleeing the scene in a red car.

Boise Police Gang Unit detectives located the suspect at about 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 on the 1400 block of Kingswood Avenue in Meridian. As an officer approached his car, Fortin took off, narrowly missing the officer.

A chase ensued. Speeds reached 80 mph. Then the inevitable crash. And one last futile dash for freedom over two fences, across a field and into the thick brush lining that canal.

Police found their man's shoes stuck in the mud. He'd evidently run clean out of them in his futile escape attempt. After Fortin ignored police commands to surrender, Vigo found a compelling way to encourage his cooperation.

And so while Vigo clocked out to enjoy a well-deserved rest after his little game of fetch, Fortin endured a sew-up session at a local emergency room before being hauled off to jail.

He was booked on aggravated battery, aggravated assault on a police officer and eluding a police officer--all felonies. What's more, he'll stay behind bars until he can post his $1 million bond.

Sounds like somebody could have profited from a little obedience training.