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An Antioch police officer and police dog were run over by a car while struggling with a suspect during a pursuit early Saturday morning.The pursuit began shortly after 12:30 a.m. when police Officer Matt Harger spotted a vehicle that had been reported stolen on the 2300 block of Sycamore Drive, according to Sgt. Scott Freier.
When Harger attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver and passenger jumped out and fled on foot.Harger and Police K-9 Thor pursued and Thor brought the driver down.However, the driver had apparently failed to put the car into park when he stopped, and the vehicle rolled forward over Harger and then Thor.
Harger was able to pull Thor out from under the vehicle, but then the car’s rear wheels rolled forward over the driver.Harger suffered minor scrapes, and Thor appears to be fine at this time, Freier said. The driver, identified as 18-year-old Douglas Martinez of Antioch, was taken into custody on charges including vehicle theft, felony assault on an officer and felony assault on a police K-9, and taken to a hospital for treatment.A search was conducted for the vehicle passenger with the help of Brentwood police and their police dog, but he was not located.
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