Police Say Man Tried To Drown Police Dog

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) - Police say a 34-year-old man was arrested after he led them on a pursuit, abandoned his car, waded into a lagoon and then tried to drown a pursuing police dog.

Lt. Marc Reno says Lavar Toosweet McKiernan was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence, attempting to harm a police dog and felony evading causing injuries.

McKiernan, whose vehicle collided with another car and hit a telephone poll, was treated for unspecified injuries at a hospital.

Reno says the pursuit began about 8:30 p.m. Saturday after officers attempted to pull McKiernan over for a traffic stop.

As he hid in the lagoon, police say, McKiernan grabbed the dog sent to fetch him and tried to hold it under water.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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