ALBANY - An escaped prisoner in central New York was no match for Shamey.
The police dog with the state Department of Environmental Conservation was sent out early Friday on the hunt for a prisoner who slipped out of a back door of a police station in Cobleskill.
Shamey did not disappoint.
After a four-hour search, the longest serving member of the DEC's K-9 unit picked up the scent and found suspect Kenneth T. Meyers hiding in a field near Interstate 88, the state agency said.
Shamey has many skills, the state said:
"A 9-year-old German Shepherd born in the Czech Republic, Shamey has been in service for the DEC for eight years and is trained in the detection of wildlife crimes — like tracking deer poachers — but also excels in finding hidden evidence, tracking criminals and assisting other agencies around the Capital District," the DEC said.
As he was being booked, Meyers, while still wearing handcuffs and a restraining belt, escaped from the police station and fled on foot into nearby fields.
Cobleskill police officers pursued Meyers, the DEC said, but couldn't find him because of darkness, heavy fog and rain.
Shamey and Sgt. Keith Isles, who heads the K-9 unit, were dispatched to the scene with State Police and other DEC officers at around 5:30 a.m. Friday to help assist Cobleskill Police.
When Shamey tracked down Meyers, police apprehended him and found he was also wanted on felony arrest warrants in Schoharie County and Rotterdam in Schenectady County.
Meyers was charged with resisting arrest, petit larceny, and escape in the second degree, a class E felony. He was remained to the Schoharie County jail on $25,000 cash bail. He is set to appear in local court Tuesday.
Joseph Spector is chief of USA TODAY Network's Albany Bureau.