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K-9 helps arrest suspect who rammed California police car

May 15, 2022 GMT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities arrested a suspected car thief who rammed a police cruiser before leading officers on a chase that hit speeds of 100 mph on central California highways, officials said.

The man was captured with help from a K-9 after he abandoned the stolen Chevrolet Tahoe and tried to hide in backyards of a residential neighborhood in Fresno late Saturday, police said.

The chase began around 11 p.m. when police officers tried to pull over the Tahoe in the parking lot of a motel, the Fresno Bee reported.

The driver of the Tahoe intentionally crashed into a police cruiser before fleeing at high speeds onto state routes 41 and 168, Fresno Police Lt. Ignacio Ruiz said.

The man, who was not immediately identified, was treated for dog bites and taken into custody. He could face multiple charges including auto theft, resisting arrest and assault with a deadly weapon, Ruiz said.