SANTA CRUZ — Joe Flores is one deputy sheriff whose bark is definitely worse than his bite.
In fact, his bark is so fierce and sounds so authentic that he persuaded a wrongdoer to surrender without a police dog at all.
Flores and his partner were patrolling a rural area last month when they discovered a parked car in an orchard, said Mark Tracy, a Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Department spokesman.
"Two people jumped out of the car and ran. . . . It was a prostitution situation," Tracy said.
Flores chased the couple into a field and found the woman hiding in a furrow.
"She didn't have her pants on," Tracy said. "They took her back to the car. . . . About two rows up they saw the man. He began to run. Flores called out to halt or he'd let the dog go. The guy continued to run.