MANATEE -- A man was charged with stealing a vehicle, resisting arrest and striking a police canine after leading officers on a car chase through Bradenton Wednesday night, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
The Bradenton Police Department told deputies at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday that they were pursuing a tan Dodge Caravan westbound at 59th Street and Cortez Road, according to a release.
Moments later deputies spotted the described vehicle run the red light at 75th Street and Cortez with no one in pursuit and tried to initiate a traffic stop, which turned into a car chase down Cortez Road, the release said.
The suspect, Meren E. Thompson, 42, jumped out of the vehicle near 123rd Street Court West and the vehicle slowly rolled to a stop without hitting anything, deputies said.
A police canine eventually found Thompson hiding underneath a nearby house and bit him on the leg, deputies said. Thompson began to hit the dog to try to get him to let go as deputies surrounded the area.
Thompson stopped resisting when he realized he wasn't going to get away and was taken into custody without further incident, deputies said.