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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