Suspect allegedly threw puppy at trooper in bungled escape bid

This suspect’s cruel and unusual escape attempt was all bark.

A man in Alaska wanted on drug charges threw a puppy at a state trooper in a botched escape bid, police said.

Jordan Melton, 32, was approached by a state trooper who recognized him late Sunday while walking in the Williwaw subdivision near Wasilla, where a string of property crimes had been reported, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

After making contact with Melton, Trooper Jared Noll said the Wasilla man then threw his puppy named Sugar at him and tried to flee on foot, police said.

Noll caught Sugar, who was not hurt. She was later handed over to one Melton’s friends, according to the newspaper.

Megan Peters, a spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers, told the newspaper that Noll’s alleged actions didn’t rise to animal cruelty.

Melton, who was sought on charges of misconduct involving a controlled substance, was arrested “after a brief attempt to get away” and taken into custody at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility. He was released after posting $1,000 bail on Monday, according to the newspaper.

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