A 33-year-old man who allegedly crashed his car head-on into a police patrol vehicle and then stabbed a police K-9 multiple times as he was trying to flee from police was arrested late Saturday night in Walnut Creek.
Around 10 p.m., officers received a report of a vehicle that fled after striking a pedestrian in the 200 block of Wooten Drive, police said.
The pedestrian, as well as a witness who tried to stop the driver, both suffered minor injuries, according to police.
Officers were able to locate the driver and his vehicle a short time later on Parkside Drive, just west of Hillside Avenue, police said.
There, the suspect collided head-on into a police SUV, causing significant damage to both vehicles.
Following the collision, the suspect exited his vehicle and attempted to hide behind some nearby bushes, according to police.
Several officers responded and deployed tasers and a bean-bag shot gun in an effort to get the suspect to comply. Officers also deployed a police K-9, which the suspect stabbed several times with an unknown object, police said.
Officers were eventually able to take the suspect into custody. He was identified as 33-year-old Rolando Gonzalez of Walnut Creek, according to police.
Gonzalez was taken to a hospital for his injuries. Once released from the hospital he will be arrested on suspicion of hit and run, assault with a deadly weapon, harming a police dog, driving while under the influence and resisting arrest, police said.
The officer suffered serious but non life-threatening injuries and was taken to a hospital. The K-9 was taken to a veterinarian for emergency medical care and is expected to fully recover, according to police.