Who is Christopher Trey Brookins, accused of trafficking fentanyl and trying to drown a police dog in Lake Sinclair?

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The Eatonton Messenger earlier this week brought readers the story of "a Milledgeville man" who "attempted to drown (a) K9 officer" while attempting to swim to freedom in Lake Sinclair late last week.

Thankfully, the dog survived and is now back on duty, according to the article. Arrested, meanwhile, was Christopher Trae Brookins. The Putnam County Sheriff's Office charged him with drug trafficking (fentanyl), drug trafficking (methamphetamine), two counts of obstruction of an officer, possession of drug related objects, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, as well as harming a law enforcement animal, which is a misdemeanor.

The deputy found himself in a tight spot during the incident, according to the Eatonton Messenger, and he first tried to taser Brookins from the dock while Brookins was attempting to hold the dog's head under water. The dog's name was Storm. Ultimately, the deputy was able to handcuff Brookins, while Storm continued to paddle in the water and look for a way out, which there was none. Storm eventually was picked up out of the water and rescued, however.

While Brookins was taken to the county jail in Putnam County, he also is no stranger to the county jail here in Milledgeville, and he's been booked by the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office on 11 different occasions.

Pictured above at left is Christopher Tray Brookins' first mug shot at the county jail in 2005, and at right is his most recent mug shot in 2019.

His most recent arrest was in February 2020, when he was charged with possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, possession of Xanax, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, as well as parole violation. He spent 78 days behind bars, according to his jail history. Brookins also was charged with possession of methamphetamine and other drug charges back in 2015, when he spent 280 days behind bars. Past charges also include simple battery, battery/family violence and a myriad of traffic charges and probation violations.


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