CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. (CBS/WINK) -- A Charlotte County canine cop was interviewed about his "ruff" day in court. The German Shepard was subpoenaed to testify by a man fighting a traffic citation.
For all intents and purposes, things went pretty smoothly in judge peter bells courtroom today that is until Rodney McGee showed up. He said, "i demand officer Azor k-9 be present."
Make no mistake, that is k9 officer Azor is being led in to testify. Even McGee was a bit surprised to see him.
McGee had sent the dog this subpoena to testify in his defense for a citation for failing to use his turn signal. Azor's handler deputy franko had brought the dog to McGees' traffic stop in February, thinking McGee had drugs but came up clean.
McGee says, "I was hoping that they would let me plant marijuana in the courthouse to see if he could find drugs."
Judge Bell did now allow that motion and probably for the better, because when the reporter spoke with deputy Azor before the hearing he did not seem to have much of a game plan. He just sniffed the microphone.
Ultimately McGee lost his battle and fined him $300 for failing to use his turn signal but he says that's OK, he knows he made history today. He says, "I'm the first one in Charlotte County to subpoena a K-9 officer."
Deputy Azor just racked it up as another dog day afternoon.
On a more serious note, the motion ended up costing taxpayers several hundred dollars in wages and overtime for the half dozen deputies who were brought into court to testify for the defense.