A man suspected of driving under the influence is now accused of choking a sheriff’s police dog during a struggle early Wednesday. Jayce Dodd, 23, was booked into the Oklahoma County jail on complaints of mistreating/interference with a police animal, resisting arrest and DUI.
A deputy patrolling near NW 65 and Western Avenue ran into trouble shortly after midnight when he asked Dodd to step out of his vehicle, sheriff’s spokesman Mark Myers said. The deputy, who was assisted by a police dog named Bose, said Dodd began to struggle. While Bose tried to help restrain Dodd, the suspect started choking Bose with both of his hands, Myers said. The deputy finally was able to detain Dodd, who was checked at a local hospital for "minor bite injuries” and then was taken to the jail, Myers said. Bose was not injured by the choking and returned to work for his next shift, Myers said.