Sacto 9-1-1
March 18, 2013
Police dog sniffs out man in dirt hole at Grass Valley home

The U.S. Marshals fugitive task force on Sunday arrested a wanted man hiding in a dirt hole in Grass Valley.

When the marshals task force, Nevada County deputies and a California Highway Patrol police dog searched the basement of a home on Cone Tree Way they found Andrew Christian Stewart, 25, of Grass Valley.

Federal officers had been looking for Stewart since March 3 when he allegedly rammed a Buena Park, Orange County, police officer's patrol car with a stolen vehicle. The officer was injured.

The Los Angeles division of the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force learned Stewart may have fled to Nevada County. The Sacramento division of the task force picked up the job of finding Stewart -- and by Sunday they had the Cone Tree Way residence surrounded.

After entering the home, the police dog noticed someone hiding in a dirt hole in the basement. The dog was used to bring Stewart into custody.

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