Man Arrested After Ramming Police Vehicle, Punching K-9 Dog, Authorities Say

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A man was injured after leading officers on a pursuit in La Palma on Sunday, April 5, 2015, police said. (Credit: Loudlabs)

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A man was arrested early Sunday morning after ramming a police vehicle and leading authorities on a lengthy pursuit that ended in Santa Fe Springs, where he repeatedly punched a police dog that was assisting officers, according to officials.

A man was injured after leading officers on a pursuit in La Palma on Sunday, April 5, 2015, police said. (Credit: Loudlabs)
A man was injured after leading officers on a pursuit in La Palma on Sunday, April 5, 2015, police said. (Credit: Loudlabs)

The sequence of events began Saturday night when La Palma police officers responded to a domestic violence call at a home in that city, according to Officer Greg Makel of the California Highway Patrol.

They were unable to locate the suspect until hours later. Officers found him driving a Toyota pickup near a La Palma minimart and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the CHP said.

Refusing to pull over, the driver rammed a police vehicle head-on, pushing it "quite some distance," Makel said. An officer in the vehicle was hospitalized with unknown injuries after the collision.

La Palma police initiated a pursuit, chasing the vehicle into an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County near Whittier, according to officials. CHP officers then took over the pursuit, which proceeded onto the southbound 605 Freeway in Santa Fe Springs.

The chase, which reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, came to an end after the truck became disabled on the interchange between the 605 and 405 freeways.

A police dog and officers from both agencies caught up to the suspect after he exited the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot, Makel said.

The man repeatedly punched the K-9 as it tried to subdue him, the CHP said. He was taken into custody after being struck by a Taser.

News video showed him being loaded into an ambulance while handcuffed to a gurney.

The suspect was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, felony evading and felony resisting arrest.

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