Parma Police: Fleeing driver punches two police K-9s

PARMA -- Police say a Cleveland man, 41, is in custody in the Parma Jail on charges that he fled from police and also assaulted two Parma police K-9 dogs.

The pursuit started shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday after the driver was seen committing a traffic violation while operating a 1995 GMC Safari in the area of Pearl Road and Laverne Avenue.

When the officers attempted to pull the man's vehicle over, he sped off northbound on Pearl Road, crossing Brookpark Road into the City of Cleveland.

Parma officers continued to pursue the driver northbound on Pearl Road to the eastbound entrance ramp for Interstate 71.

The pursuit ended when the driver turned into the parking lot of the Burger King, located at 2828 Carnegie Avenue, and jumped from the vehicle while it was still moving.

He fled on foot across Carnegie Avenue.

Both Parma K-9 officers were on the scene and released their K-9's -- K-9 Felix and K-9 Tyson -- in order to catch him.

While being subdued, the driver punched both K-9 Felix and K-9 Tyson several times on their heads. The driver was taken into custody. He sustained bites to his upper body, as well as his right thigh.

He was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center by Cleveland EMS. He was treated and later released into the custody of Parma Officers and is currently being held in the Parma Jail.

It does not appear that either K-9 was injured due to being punched in the head.

After his arrest, the driver was found to be in possession of a substance believed to be cocaine.

This incident is still under investigation with the anticipation of criminal charges forthcoming after consultation with prosecutors.


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