A Palo Alto K9 helped arrest a local man who reportedly fled police after being pulled over early Tuesday morning, Oct. 20.
At about 1:55 a.m. a patrol officer saw a vehicle driving recklessly on the 3000 block of Greer Road. When the two occupants parked the vehicle on the 3100 block of Maddux Drive, the officer made contact with the two people, one of whom the officer recognized as a man who had multiple warrants for his arrest, police said.
The officer ordered the man, 25-year-old Christopher Stadler Snyder, out of the vehicle, but instead of complying with the officer's commands, Snyder ran northbound on Maddux Drive, police said.
The officer and the police dog chased after Snyder, catching up to him when he entered the enclosed side yard of a nearby house, police said. After a brief struggle, the K9 assisted the officer in taking Snyder into custody.
Snyder, who sustained a minor dog bite to his upper arm and minor abrasions to his abdomen (that occurred during the struggle with the officer), was transported to a local hospital for treatment, police said.
Narcotics and multiple hypodermic needles were found in Snyder's belongings, police said.
Snyder was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia (all misdemeanors).
He was also booked pursuant to a felony warrant out of Santa Clara County for being an accessory to a felony assault, and a misdemeanor warrant out of Palo Alto for possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the police department's 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.