K-9 Chases Down Robbery Suspect

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    NBCSanDiego

    A San Diego police K-9 grabbed a bank robbery suspect by the arm and dragged him to his arrest Tuesday afternoon.

    San Diego police identified the man's car as one used in the robbery of a Wells Fargo in the 9600 block of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard in Kearny Mesa. After police tried to pull the suspect over, police say the man led them on a pursuit traveling along Interstate 805 south.

    California Highway Patrol officers used a spike strip to blow out three of the tires on the suspect's vehicle bringing it to a stop just south of H Street on I-805.

    “He drove the vehicle until it could drive no more,” said San Diego police Lt. Darryl Hoover.

    “As it was obvious the tires were flat, he continued to swerve back and forth at like half a mile an hour until the vehicle came to a complete stop when he immediately bailed on foot,” Hoover said.

    The suspect tried to run up a nearby hill to avoid arrest but the K-9 quickly followed, grabbed the man by the arm and dragged him back down the hill to officers waiting with handcuffs.

    The unidentified suspect was bitten in the arm by the dog. No other injuries were reported.

    The freeway was closed to traffic for about 30 minutes but is now reopened to traffic. Traffic was backed up to State Route 54 on the southbound side of the I-805.