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Carlos Amezcua Salinas man allegedly fled police after running a stop sign with his pitbull chained in the back of his truck

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A Salinas man who allegedly fled police Saturday evening after running a stop sign with his pitbull chained in the back of his truck has been arrested on suspicion of DUI and animal cruelty, police said. An officer saw Carlos Amezcua, 27, allegedly run a stop sign at Klamath Drive and Arcadia Way shortly before 6 p.m., according to police.

The officer attempted to make a traffic stop but Amezcua allegedly fled in his 1997 Nissan pickup with his pitbull still chained in the open bed of the truck, police said. After about a quarter of a mile, Amezcua pulled into the driveway of his own home and allegedly crashed into his father’s parked truck, then ran through the house and out the back door, police said. He was found hiding down the street after a search of the area.

The dog was uninjured in the pursuit. Amezcua was arrested on suspicion of felony drunk driving due to prior convictions, as well as felony pursuit, parole violation and animal cruelty, police said. He was booked into Monterey County Jail.

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