A Santa Rosa police dog helped apprehend an auto theft suspect after a vehicle pursuit in west Santa Rosa this afternoon, a police sergeant said. Auto Theft Task Force detectives found an unoccupied 2015 Kia that was stolen in Santa Rosa Friday parked in the area of Westberry Drive around 1:20 p.m., Sgt. Summer Black said. A police K-9 unit was summoned to help make a traffic stop when a male adult and a female drove away in the Kia.
Police pursued the stolen Kia on Guerneville Road, North Dutton and Jennings avenues until the driver lost control of the Kia and struck a light pole on Guerneville Road, Black said.
The driver, identified as Tristan Bradley Ford, 18, fled the Kia and ran toward Santa Rosa Creek. A K-9 officer chased Ford and released the police dog when Ford ignored orders to stop. The dog bit Ford’s leg and Ford stopped fleeing and was taken into custody, Black said.
He was arrested and booked in the Sonoma County Jail for felony evading and felony auto theft, felony possession of stolen property, misdemeanor resisting arrest and misdemeanor driving on a suspended license. The female passenger in the Kia was treated for minor injuries and released, Black said.
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