A Missouri man faces criminal charges after driving drunk in a taken vehicle, combating with a deputy and beating a police pet with a rock in northern Arizona, according to the Mohave County Constable’s Workplace.
The incident began Thursday when the deputy replied to calls that a van was being driven recklessly through the Virgin River Canyon on Interstate 15.
Firm spokeswoman Trish Carter said a traffic stop was conducted at 4:16 p.m. after deputies observed the van cutting off other vehicles and speeding at 90 mph through a 55 miles per hour zone. Carter said a battle occurred when the driver, Carl Eaves, 50, resisted arrest, kicked a deputy in the chest and fled into the desert.
The deputy’s K-9 partner, “Ecko,” pursued Eaves toward the Virgin River. She said Eaves struck the authorities dog in the head numerous times with a rock.
Carter stated the canine was treated by a vet which it took a number of stitches to close the wound.
Eaves was treated at a Mesquite health center for pet dog bites.
Eaves was booked into prison for worsened attack on a law enforcement officer, withstanding arrest, escape, animal viciousness, theft of means of transportation, negligent driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and for furnishing alcohol to a small.
Carter said a 19-year-old male in the van was drunked.