The dog was okay, but the suspect sustained bite wounds to his leg

By Tara Fowler
September 28, 2015 03:20 PM
Denis Poroy/AP

A 22-year-old man was arrested on early Sunday morning after he allegedly tried to break a police dog’s neck while being pursued by sheriff’s deputies.

Felipe Cortez was taken into custody after he allegedly fled the scene of a fight, according to Lt. Dave Schaller with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. He had not yet entered a plea.

Witnesses called 911 to report a truck that was pushing another vehicle. When authorities arrived, they saw a silver Mitsubishi Galant leaving the scene. An officer pursued the car, pulling it over a mile down the road.

That’s when Cortez, who was behind the wheel of the Mitsubishi, allegedly ran off on foot. He was later found hiding behind a wall by a deputy canine handler. When Cortez allegedly refused to surrender, the handler set his dog loose on him.

Cortez allegedly tried to grab the dog and break its neck, hitting the animal and twisting its head around. The dog was uninjured, according to Schaller.

The same could not be said for Cortez, who sustained bite wounds to his lower leg. He was treated for his injuries before being booked into the Vista Jail on charges of evading a peace officer, delaying or resisting a peace officer, assaulting a police canine and obstructing a police canine.

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