EASTON — An Easton man wanted for allegedly causing life threatening heat-related injuries to a dog was arrested Friday, July 31, after police say he led officers on a miles-long chase, assaulted an officer and rammed his vehicle into a patrol car.
Officers made initial contact with the man they identified as Stanley Butler Jr., 33, when they responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at a cemetery on Floyd Avenue. Butler had been sleeping in his car at the cemetery, police said.
Police said they evaluated Butler’s welfare and checked to see if he had any outstanding warrants. When police notified Butler they had a warrant for his arrest in connection with his allegedly leaving a dog in a hot car, he reportedly “locked his car door, turned on his engine and fled, almost striking officers.”
Responding officers launched a pursuit of Butler during which he “accelerated and intentionally rammed” his car into the back of an Easton Police Department vehicle near the south end of the Easton Bypass at U.S. Route 50, police reported.
The chase led EPD officers and deputies with the Talbot County Sheriff’s Office from Easton to Cambridge, where Butler’s vehicle was disabled with “stop sticks” deployed by deputies with the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, who also were assisting in the pursuit.
After Butler’s vehicle stopped, Butler reportedly exited his car and assaulted and tried to disarm a Talbot deputy. He also injured responding Cambridge Police Department officers, according to police reports.
Following what police termed a “struggle,” officers were able to handcuff Butler, and he was taken to a hospital for evaluation. Butler was later taken to the Talbot County Detention Center, where he remains held without bond, according to court records.
The warrant for Butler’s arrest that prompted him to flee police Friday stemmed from an incident two weeks earlier on July 17 that involved Butler allegedly locking a dog inside a hot car in Easton for nearly two hours on a 92-degree day.
The dog reportedly suffered a heat stroke, which the veterinarians who later evaluated the dog said gave the animal a 50% chance of survival due to brain or organ damage. Police did not report the dog’s condition as of Monday, Aug. 3.
Butler was charged with three counts of animal cruelty and is scheduled for trial in that case at 3 p.m. on Oct. 6 in Talbot District Court, online court records show.
In the case of Butler allegedly fleeing and assaulting police officers, he was charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property valued at less than $1,000.
A preliminary hearing in the attempted murder and assault case is set for 10:45 a.m. on Aug. 26.