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Police dog bitten during arrest of alleged DUI driver

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Redlands Police officer Joseph Valdivia and his K-9 partner Duke at work in Redlands in this file photo. (Staff file photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Redlands Daily Facts/SCNG)
Redlands Police officer Joseph Valdivia and his K-9 partner Duke at work in Redlands in this file photo. (Staff file photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Redlands Daily Facts/SCNG)

A Redlands police dog was bitten by a suspected drunken driver during a pursuit Friday on Orange Street where the driver struck other vehicles, hit street curbs and crossed into oncoming traffic.

The man suspected of biting the dog, 40-year-old Timothy Arnold Carlos of Grand Terrace, is scheduled to make an appearance Tuesday afternoon in San Bernardino Superior Court after being arrested and booked into jail for suspicion of driving under the influence, hit-and-run, possession of narcotics and assault on a police dog.

The police K-9, Duke, was taken to a veterinarian for treatment and evaluation, and he was cleared of any significant injury, according to a Redlands police news release.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a call about a white Honda Accord driving erratically near Orange Street and Pearl Avenue. The caller said the driver crashed into another car and fled, according to the news release.

Officers found the car heading south on Orange Street and tried to stop it, but the driver accelerated and hit a curb in front of the Police Annex at Cajon and Vine streets. The driver then sped toward a restaurant, forcing people at an outdoor patio to run, the release stated.

The driver continued heading south, crossing into oncoming traffic and hitting another vehicle. At Cajon Street and Fern Avenue, the car finally stopped, overheating and with four flat tires, according to the release.

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Police K-9 Duke was deployed after the driver ignored repeated commands in English and Spanish to show his hands and exit the car. Police say the driver fought with the German shepherd and bit the dog on the snout before being taken into custody.

Carlos was taken to a hospital before being booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. He is being held in lieu of $105,000 bail, according to online jail records.

Redlands police dog bitten during arrest of alleged DUI driver

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