Rapid City man caught with meth after K9 bites him

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RAPID CITY, S.D. -

A man was bit by a police dog as officers investigated a possible burglary.

A bystander had called dispatch Sunday night, saying two men were looking into the windows of a house on the 1300 block of Fourth Street.

When police showed up, asking the men to identify themselves, it appeared the men were lying. Not only that - a witness told police the men arrived in a truck that turned out to be stolen.

The men were asked to stand up so they could be handcuffed as police worked to determine their identities. But one of the men ran off, ignoring police threats that a K9 would be sent after him.

Police say that the man damaged a vehicle by jumping on top to get away from the dog. He then jumped back down and was bit by the K9.

The man was identified as Rogan Azure, 29, of Rapid City. Police searched Azure and found a key to the stolen pickup, along with a plastic baggie containing a white residue. The residue field-tested positive for methamphetamine.

Azure was charged with: impersonation to deceive law enforcement, third-degree vandalism, obstruction, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of a stolen vehicle.

The other man was identified as Joseph Granados, 24, of Rapid City. He was charged with impersonation to deceive law enforcement and a warrant.

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