Vader probably decided yesterday he'd rather take a bite out of a rabbit than a bite out of crime.
About 3 a.m., the would-be police dog was walking with his handler, Montgomery County Officer Timothy Carroll, in a park in the 14900 block of Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, when he apparently decided that police work just was not for him.
Although he was on a 20-foot leash, Vader "bolted from the handler and was last seen chasing a rabbit" into the woods, a police statement said.
The department said it received numerous false sightings of Vader, and he remained at large last night.
xTC The 2-year-old Hungarian shepherd was acquired by the county Police Department just 10 days ago and was being trained for K-9 duty.
He has a "friendly nature," police said, but he has received some attack training, and Officer Carroll advised against trying to corner him.
Vader was described as long-haired, with a tricolored head of brown, white and black. His body is mostly black with white spots. He was wearing a chain collar and a long cotton fabric leash when he --ed after the rabbit.
If you believe you have seen Vader, please call Montgomery County police in Rockville at 279-8000.