Independence rookie K-9 officer tracks down man suspected of stealing truck, causing crash

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Police have a rookie to thank for helping them nab a stolen truck suspect--of the four legged variety.

Isaac is the K-9 officer who only finished his training about an hour and a half before the crash happened.  Isaac and his handler, Officer Eric Simpson, were called out to the scene of the crash on 24 Highway to find the suspect who had run off.

It didn't take long for the pair to track him down.  The suspect was caught and taken away less than two hours after the crash happened.

"It's a great feeling, especially with a brand new dog, so he's got some huge shoes to fill," said Officer Simpson.

K-9 Officer Isaac is taking over for is Dax.  He served the Independence police officer for more than nine years.  Dax is credited with finding drugs in major drug-busts, that otherwise wouldn't have been detected through traditional searches.

Dax is retired and living with his former handler, Officer Simpson.  He's also living with young Isaac, who had a great first day, but has a lot left to learn.