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Suspect tries to hit deputy with car, stabs K-9 after chase at Pala Indian Reservation


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Sept. 16–A man who authorities said struck a deputy with a vehicle in Pala Friday was arrested following a chase and a struggle with a sheriff’s dog, officials said.

Deputies walked up to a parked vehicle they thought was suspicious on the Pala Indian Reservation about 11 a.m., Sgt. Nathan Rowley said.

He said a 29-year-old woman inside was arrested on a warrant without a struggle.

But when deputies tried to detain another occupant, the 45-year-old man moved to the driver’s seat and sped away, hitting a deputy with the vehicle, Rowley said. The deputy suffered a minor injury.

The driver led deputies on a pursuit that ended roughly 5.5 miles away when the driver crashed on Pala Road just north of the Riverside County line and south of Temecula, Rowley said. The man then ran from the vehicle.

A deputy who ran after him suffered a minor injury, Rowley said.

Deputies from San Diego and Riverside counties, as well as California Highway Patrol officers, set a perimeter and searched for the man.

A sheriff’s dog led deputies to the suspect, who was hiding in brush. That’s when the man began to struggle with the canine, at one point pulling out a knife, Rowley said.

The deputies wrestled away the knife as the man continued to fight with them and the dog, Rowley said. They eventually were able to handcuff him.

Rowley said the dog suffered a minor injury during the scuffle.

The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment of multiple wounds. He would be booked into jail on multiple felony charges once he is released from the hospital, Rowley said.

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