SARASOTA, Fla. - A Parrish man who tried to run away from police while they tried to arrest him only ran into more charges after attacking a police dog and an officer Thursday night, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.
Around 11 p.m., deputies tried to pull Jason Reagan’s truck over near Laurel Road and U.S. 41 for several violations.
Reagan fled, stopped behind a person’s home, and then jumped into a lake.
A deputy who spotted the suspect in the water ordered him to come out, but he refused.
When Zuul, a police dog, went into the lake and bit Reagan on the wrist, Reagan retaliated by pulling the dog’s head under water and repeatedly punching it in the head.
Zuul attempted to bite Reagan’s leg while deputies pulled the suspect to shore. Reagan punched and kicked deputies until one officer tazed him with a stun gun.
Reagan is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, injuring a police dog, resisting arrest, fleeing to elude and driving with a suspended license.
Neither the deputies nor Zuul was seriously harmed.
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