A Kern County Sheriff’s K-9 officer is recovering after he was bit by a suspect who led deputies on a car chase in Bakersfield.
Just after midnight Tuesday, deputies responded to car theft in the 2100 block of Lantana Way near Niles Street and Fairfax Road. A call was made to local law enforcement agencies with the vehicle description.
California Highway Patrol officers located the stolen car near Ming Avenue and Stine Road.
Officers attempted to stop the car but the driver, identified as 41-year-old Jarred Allen, refused to stop and led CHP and KCSO on a pursuit.
Allen eventually came to a stop at San Joaquin Community Hospital near the emergency room entrance, according to KCSO. He refused to come out of his car so deputies deployed a K-9 officer to help take him into custody.
Allen put the K-9 into a choke hold and bit him under his eye, according to KCSO.
KCSO deputies used force to stop Allen from hurting the dog further, according to KCSO.
The K-9 suffered cuts along his lower eye and may need to seek medical attention from a veterinarian, KCSO said.
Allen was taken into custody and will be booked on numerous criminal charges including burglary, grand theft auto, resisting arrest with violence and battery on a peace officer.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office at 661-861-3110. Case number 2018-00132469.