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Police dog finds suspect hiding in dumpster, Madison police say

Police dog finds suspect hiding in dumpster, Madison police say

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A Madison man involved in a fight early Sunday morning ran from police through Downtown streets, getting arrested after police dog Bowie tracked him to a dumpster, the man hiding inside.

Stephon Buckingham, 20, was tentatively charged with resisting arrest, along with being arrested on multiple outstanding warrants for burglary, theft, and bail jumping.

The incident started at about 1:20 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of State Street and Gilman Street.

"Officers saw a physical confrontation between Buckingham and another adult male," said police spokesman Joseph Buccellato. "When officers contacted him, due to his involvement in the disturbance, he fled on foot."

The chase went through Downtown, and Buckingham was able to delay the chase when he scaled a six-foot fence, but the chase was on once again when Bowie the police dog was called on.

"Bowie tracked the suspect to a dumpster," Buccellato said. "When officers opened the lid, Buckingham was found hiding inside."

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