Sheriff’s K-9, ZEKE, bitten during grand theft auto response call


A pursuit involving a Kern County Sheriff’s canine ended with a bite early Tuesday, but it wasn’t the canine doing the biting.

Kern County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the 2100 block of lantana way on a  report of a grand theft auto and a court order violation around 12 a.m.

Shortly after, California Highway Patrol located the stolen vehicle traveling in the area of Stine Road and Ming Avenue.

The driver, 41-year-old Jarred Allen stopped at the emergency room entrance at Adventist Health Bakersfield. The hospital was then placed on lockdown. 

According to KCSO, Allen was given numerous commands to come out of the vehicle, but he refused. Deputies had no choice, but to pull him out. At that point, deputies released Zeke the canine to assist in the arrest.

Allen fought with the dog putting him in a choke hold, then Allen chomped down near Zeke’s left eye.

Allen has an extensive criminal record dating back to 1998.

In 2016, 17 News reported on his arrest at a Fastrip in East Bakersfield. That arrest led to his sentencing of two years in jail on weapons, drugs and battery charges. 

Records from the Superior Court of Kern County show this is Allen’s second altercation with law enforcement this year. 

This time, Allen is to be booked on  grand theft auto and resisting arrest with battery.

According to deputies, Zeke suffered minor injuries and is now recovering. 

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