Wanted suspect arrested after allegedly assaulting police dog

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. -- A 25-year-old Mount Vernon resident with a long criminal history was arrested Saturday evening after running from officers and assaulting a police dog, according to the Mount Vernon Police Department.

Police received a tip about a man wanted on a number of warrants driving on South 18th Street around 7:30 p.m.

Officers arrived after the suspect pulled into a church parking lot. Ignoring orders to get out of the car, the suspect put the black Audi into reverse and sped through the parking lot, according to police.

A male passenger dove out of the moving Audi and was taken to the hospital with injuries.

Meanwhile, the suspect led officers on a short chase before abandoning the Audi and running off, according to police.

A police dog named Luther found the suspect hiding in a backyard on Reilly Road. According to police, the man was aggressive and uncooperative and attacked Luther in an attempt to avoid arrest.

Mount Vernon Fire Department personnel administered a sedative, and the suspect was taken into custody. Officers searched the Audi and found a gun reported stolen out of Oregon according to police.

The suspect was booked into Skagit County Jail and is facing charges for theft, retail theft, resisting arrest, driving with a  suspended license, attempting to elude, unlawful possession of a firearm, assault, possession of a stolen firearm and resisting arrest.