Santa Ana Driver Loses Control, Crashes When Dog Jumps Into Front Seat

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An injured man is seen with a dog following a crash in Santa Ana on Sept. 29, 2015. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

An injured man is seen with a dog following a crash in Santa Ana on Sept. 29, 2015. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

A driver in Santa Ana lost control of his vehicle and crashed when his 100-pound dog jumped into the front seat Tuesday night, police said.

Fire crews responded to reports of an overturned car on fire near the intersection of West Memory Lane and North Pacific Avenue (map) just after 10:30 p.m., according to a spokesperson from the Orange County Fire Authority.

The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle when his 100-pound dog jumped from the back seat into the front seat, according to the Santa Ana Police Department. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, according to SAPD Cmdr. Matt Sorenson.

Police initially described the dog as a bullmastiff, but a spokesman later said he was uncertain about the breed.

Crews work to put out a car fire in Santa Ana on Sept. 29, 2015. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

Crews work to put out a car fire in Santa Ana on Sept. 29, 2015. (Credit: Southern Counties News)

The driver had already gotten out of the vehicle by the time rescuers arrived to put out the fire, the spokesperson said.

Video from the scene showed a man with blood on his face being treated by emergency personnel on the side of the road.

The dog, which appeared to be uninjured, was sitting next to the man.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to a local hospital with minor head injuries, Sorenson said.

KTLA’s Irving Last contributed to this report.