Dog testifies in Fla. reckless driving case
FORT MYERS, Fla. (CNN) -- They say every dog has his day. And apparently sometimes it's in court.
Charlotte County Sheriff's K9 officer Azor was called into Judge Peter Bell's courtroom Thursday to testify.
"They told me they weren't going to allow him," said Rodney McGee.
McGee was in court fighting a traffic citation, and decided to subpoena the k9 officer. McGee admits he was surprised when the judge allowed the dog to testify.
McGee subpoenaed the dog as a defense after he was stopped in February for failure to use a turn signal. Azor's handler, Deputy Franko had brought the dog to McGees' traffic stop thinking McGee had drugs, but came up clean.
"I was hoping they would let me plant marijuana in the courthouse to see if he could find drugs," McGee said.
Judge Bell didn't allow that motion. McGee ultimately lost his battle and the court fined him $300 for failure to use his turn signal, but he says he's ok because he made history.
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.