A Portsmouth Police K-9 was able to sniff out a man who left the scene of a crash early Saturday morning after his damaged car was found in the middle of a Portsmouth street.

Portsmouth police said they responded to the report of a crash in the area of Bartlett Street and Cate Street around 12:35 a.m. and found an unoccupied heavily damaged sedan with the airbags deployed. The K-9 officer was called in and Axe began to try and track the driver.

Damaged vehicle found at Bartlett Street and Cate Street in Portsmouth
Damaged vehicle found at Bartlett Street and Cate Street in Portsmouth (Portsmouth police)

Axe quickly sniffed out Johnathan Hussey, 31, a block from the intersection on the property of Ricci Lumber on Bartlett Street. He was charged with DWI, conduct after accident and criminal trespass. He was released on personal recognizance bail.

Police did not disclose information about additional vehicles involved in the crash.

Police asked anyone with information about the crash to call them at 603-610-7548 or Seacoast Crime Stoppers at 603-431-1199

Portsmouth police K9 Axe
Portsmouth police K9 Axe (Portsmouth police)

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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