Man in Los Angeles Punches Police Dog, Rams Cruiser

A man in Los Angeles who allegedly caused a woman serious injuries in a domestic violence dispute punched a police dog and injured an officer in a cruiser as police pursued him in Orange County, officials said.

California Highway patrolmen had to use a Taser on the man to subdue him after he bailed from his vehicle on the 605-to-405 freeway transition, a CHP spokesman said. He fought with officers and repeatedly punched a K-9 unit before he was taken into custody.

The chase began in La Palma at around 12:15 a.m. in the 7300 block of Walker Street, about three hours after a domestic violence call, according to a La Palma Police Department spokesman.

Jose Manuel Jara, 40, allegedly sent his girlfriend to a hospital with serious injuries, Sgt. Ron Wilkerson said. As police chased his pickup after failing to get him to stop, Jara allegedly turned his vehicle around and rammed a cruiser, injuring a female officer who had been with the department for 27 years.

The chase eventually reached 100 mph before Jara's vehicle disabled, according to the CHP.

Jara was taken to a hospital with injuries he received while he was being apprehended, the CHP spokesman said.

The injured officer faced non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital, police said.

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