A man was arrested early Friday morning after he allegedly tried to strangle a police dog, authorities are reporting.
Ryan Dunbar, 26, of Hemet was taken into custody shortly after 2:46 a.m. on suspicion of battery on a police service dog, possession of stolen property, resisting arrest, and unlawfully driving a stolen vehicle, according to Sgt. Steve Brosche of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Earlier, deputies from the department allegedly spotted Dunbar driving a stolen vehicle in the Peppertree Mobile Home Park on Stoneman Street in Lakeland Village.
Dunbar “sped into the mobile home park and rammed his vehicle through a chain linked fence,” the sergeant said. “He fled on foot into a wash area in an attempt to elude deputies. A perimeter was set and Dunbar was located hiding in heavy brush.”
Dunbar allegedly refused deputy commands to surrender, so a K-9 was used to assist.
As the incident progressed, the suspect was bitten on the hand, Brosche said, explaining, “during the bite, Dunbar attempted to strangle the K-9 dog.”
The dog sustained a minor injury and is being treated by a veterinarian, the sergeant said.
Dunbar has been in trouble with law enforcement before. Most recently, Patch reported on his alleged involvement with band of air conditioner thieves.