A SUSPECT is led out of a cornfield near Arlington by sheriffs deputies Wednesday morning. The sheriffs office utilized a K-9 officer and a drone to locate the man. (Provided by the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office)


The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office deployed one of its new drones for the first time Wednesday to help locate a suspect in a cornfield in the 17000 block of U.S. 68, according to the office.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched at about 9 a.m. to the area to track a suspect in a felony civil protection order violation. When deputies arrived, they found the suspect, identified as Cori D. Alge, 39 of Arlington, had fled into a cornfield northeast of Arlington.

The Hancock County Sheriff’s K-9 Officer Charlie, who is partnered with Deputy Matt Brunswick, was sent into the cornfield. After about 45 minutes, Charlie located Alge hiding in the cornfield, the sheriff’s office said.

Alge was taken into custody without incident and taken to the Hancock County Justice Center.

Hancock County Sheriff Mike Heldman said the office purchased two drones earlier this year, though they are not in full use yet as only one person has been trained to use the drone.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Matt Kinsinger said one drone was used for the first time for aerial support during Wednesday’s incident. Six people will be trained to use the drone, he said, including Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies, county fire and emergency management personnel.

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