Fugitive captured by K-9 officers, another arrested

Guy L. Charles, 45, of Clallam County, wanted for Department of Corrections and Clallam County Superior Court warrants, was apprehended by Port Angeles Police Officers this morning at 7:19 a.m. in a wooded area south of Fairchild International Airport.

The case began with an officer investigating a suspicious vehicle with two males in the 3100 block of Critchfield Road.  Charles fled into the nearby wooded area while James L. Coutlee, age 35, was arrested at the vehicle for an outstanding warrant.  Other Officers, Detectives, Deputies, and Troopers responded to the scene and set up a containment perimeter.

K-9 Kilo, along with K-9 Officers and a Patrol Officer cross-trained as Tactical Trackers, followed scent and spoor through the wooded area where they located Charles. Charles was apprehended after a struggle with K-9 Kilo and Officers.

Medics were summoned and Charles was treated at the scene.  Charles and Coutlee were transported to the Clallam County Jail. One K-9 Officer was transported by police vehicle to the hospital where he was treated and released for injuries related to contact with heavy brush and thorns during the track.

Charges are pending upon review by the Clallam County Prosecutor.

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