PRESTON, CT (WFSB) – A man faces charges of crashing a car, fleeing into a forest with a shotgun, and gouging out the eyes of the K9 officer who helped arrest him.
The suspect has been identified as Presley Almanzar-DeJesus, 25, of Norwalk.
According to state police, Montville troops and police were dispatched to an accident at the intersection of 12th and 2A Streets in Preston around 5 a.m. Sunday.
When emergency medical services arrived, they said they realized the driver had a handgun.
Almanzar-DeJesus then began to leave the scene of the accident toward the woods.
When a Montville officer Daniel Witts arrived on the scene, Almanzar-DeJesus pointed his gun at the officer, the soldiers said.
They say Witts drew his own gun and Almanzar-DeJesus ran deeper into the woods.
Officer Witts then sent his K9, Barrett, into the woods behind the driver. K9 captured Almanzar-DeJesus by clinging to his leg.
That’s when, according to state police, Almanzar-DeJesus punched K9 several times and gouged K9 in the eye.
Almanzar-DeJesus must be tamed before being put under house arrest.
During a search of the driver’s vehicle and the surrounding area, a fully loaded high-capacity magazine, a special .38 revolver, and a 9mm glove were found.
Both guns are believed to have been stolen in Bridgeport.
Almanzar-DeJesus was charged with operating under the influence, failure to drive in an appropriate lane, evasion of responsibility, cruelty to animals, assault on public safety, theft of a firearm, possession of a magazine. large quantities, dangerous weapons, possession of ammunition, firearms offenses, handguns, first degree threats, and firearms offenses.
His bail was set at $250,000, which he later posted.
Montville Police say both K9 Barrett and Officer Witts have recovered.
As for DeJesus, he is scheduled to appear at Norwich Superior Court on December 23.
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