K9 officer dragged 150 feet by man evading police

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The Porterville Police Department’s K9 officer is recovering after a man allegedly dragged it with his car when he tried to get away from police early Sunday morning.

Around 2 a.m., police responded to a call regarding a suspicious subject around 900 W. Morton Ave. Responding officers found Arnulfo Castaneda, 29, of Lindsay, nearly a mile from that location. Police say he was at the location the caller talked about.

Officers began to question Castaneda about some drug use, when he tried to get into his car to leave. Officers tried to stop him, but Castaneda resisted.

The K9 officer was sent in and held onto Castaneda, as he began to drive away. He ended up dragging the K9 officer around 150 feet.

Soon after, Castaneda crashed into a center median. He tried to run away, but officers found and arrested him in the 2500 block of West Henderson Avenue, police say.

The K9 officer is doing ok, according to police. He was rushed to an emergency veterinarian with non-life threatening injuries. He has since been released.

He was arrested and booked into Tulare County Sheriff’s Office for felony assault on police K9 causing injury, driving under the influence of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and hit-and-run.

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