Man in stolen car arrested after fleeing deputies, bashing police dog with a rock

Carl Eaves mug shot | Photo courtesy Mohave County Sheriff's Office, St. George News
Carl Eaves mug shot | Photo courtesy of the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

MOHAVE COUNTY, Ariz. — A Missouri man was arrested Thursday on multiple charges after allegedly running from police in a stolen car, fleeing into the desert and hitting a pursuing police dog several times on the head with a rock.

The dog, Ecko, was injured and required stitches, Trish Carter said in a statement released by the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office.

Carl Eaves, 50, was arrested after an incident that began Thursday afternoon when police dispatch received several 911 calls about a van driving recklessly on Interstate 15.

A Mohave County Sheriff”s deputy responded and saw the van traveling 90 mph in a 55-mph zone in the Virgin River Gorge and cutting off other drivers.

Deputies stopped the driver at 4:16 p.m. MST near milepost 11 on I-15; a computer check showed the car was stolen, the statement said.

As deputies tried to place the man under arrest, he resisted, kicking a deputy in the chest and running several hundred yards into the desert toward the Virgin River.

The deputy then released his K-9 partner, Ecko, to stop the fleeing man. Ecko found Eaves, but Eaves picked up a rock and started hitting the dog in the head with it.

“Ecko continued to do his job while Eaves (was) repeatedly striking him with the rock,” Carter said in the statement. “Eaves was taken into custody without further incident.”

During the altercation, Eaves was bitten and Ecko received lacerations to the head.

An officer from the Arizona Department of Public Safety took custody of Eaves and took him to the Mesquite Hospital in Nevada where he was treated and released medically.

Ecko had cuts on his head and needed several stitches. He was treated by a veterinarian in Mesquite.

A 19-year-old man traveling with Eaves in the van was found to be intoxicated and told officers that Eaves provided him with alcohol. 

Eaves was then booked into the Mesquite jail and charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, escape, animal cruelty and auto theft, which are felonies. He was also charged with reckless driving, DUI and providing alcohol to a minor, which are misdemeanors.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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25 Comments

  • fun bag July 31, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Well, if a dog like that attacked me i’d try to bash its head too. The Nazis used to use big dogs like that to keep the Jews under control…

    • 42214 July 31, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      If the poor dog bit you he’d have to lick his butt for an hour to get the taste out of his month.

      • REAL LIFES MOMMY July 31, 2015 at 3:10 pm

        If a dog bit you it would never eat again

        • 42214 July 31, 2015 at 4:16 pm

          Is this really Mesaman in drag? Can’t tell the difference.

          • REAL LIFES MOMMY July 31, 2015 at 6:56 pm

            You know if weren’t so stupid you could of put a five in your name. but we know you didn’t do that because you can’t count that high

          • 42214 July 31, 2015 at 8:02 pm

            “You know if weren’t” and you call me stupid? You’re an embarrassment.

          • fun bag July 31, 2015 at 8:08 pm

            LOL, good one 🙂

  • REAL LIFES MOMMY July 31, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Yes I have to do the same thing with that idiot son of mine. smacking him in the head with a rock always gets his attention.

  • 42214 July 31, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Put Ecko and the arrestee in the octagon for 1 minute and put it on pay per view. Make a fortune.

  • REAL LIFES MOMMY July 31, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    It wouldn’t take the dog that long to get rid of you

  • sagemoon July 31, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Scum bag.

  • DRT July 31, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Ah yes, LOVE AT FIRST BITE! The bad guy did not get hurt bad enough. 🙁

  • fun bag July 31, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    seems to me using attack dogs sets a bad precedent. From previous experiences i have a deep dislike of violent dogs, police dog or not

    • fun bag July 31, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      seems once they are trained to attack it is always forefront in their nature…

  • Ronnie Keith July 31, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    FUNBAG/KOOLAID
    I am betting many readers here would love to find out you were bitten by a police K9. Because that would mean you have been arrested. And we would not have to be subjected to your ignorant hate filled comments, even for just a little while…

    • REAL LIFES MOMMY July 31, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      Hey Ronnie shut your mouth those are my friends

    • fun bag July 31, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      You’re just some anonymous goon who has never contributed to the comments section trolling around just waiting to say something hateful. What does that say about you Ronnie IDIOT. Wasn’t me that got attacked by the dog either. Keep lurking hard goon aha 🙂

    • Real Life August 1, 2015 at 12:09 am

      Ronnie, you will have to excuse fun bag, free parking, RL mommy, koolaid, etc. You see they are all the same twisted, sexually confused guy. It’s not hard to figure out. They “all” post at, or near the same time. Poor Joyce has tried to stop it, and was successful for a while, but it’s not hard to create multiple email accounts. Meanwhile we will deal with, let’s call him free bag for now.

      • fun bag August 1, 2015 at 1:09 pm

        i don’t troll you but i can see why you get trolled. you actually deserve it…

        • Real Life August 1, 2015 at 8:30 pm

          You don’t troll? Okay.

      • REAL LIFES MOMMY August 1, 2015 at 11:25 pm

        Are you still up.? Get to bed so you can get up to Romper Room in the morning

  • Real Life July 31, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Speaking of attack dogs, seems free baser is a little butt hurt.

    • REAL LIFES MOMMY July 31, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Well why don’t you just come sit in mommies lap and tell me all about it my little huggy wuggy

  • beentheredonethat August 1, 2015 at 5:29 am

    I think the dog was annoyed by the guy wearing his sister’s shirt.

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