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Police dog aids in arrest of suspected car thief in Clearlake

A Clearlake police dog Tuesday evening caught a suspected car thief running from police and officers then arrested the man's girlfriend when she tried to interfere with the man's arrest, said Clearlake police Wednesday.

Suspect Lloyd Lewis, 22, was taken to a hospital for treatment of at least one dog bite wound before he was booked into the Lake County Jail.

Officers went to a 10th Street home at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday looking for Lewis.

He'd become a suspect in a theft Monday in town of a 1966 Ford Mustang, said Sgt. Tim Hobbs in a press release.

Resident Candace Conzet, 25, told Hobbs, who was one of the officers, that Lewis wasn't there. But the sergeant then spotted the man inside the home, heading toward a back door.

As Lewis ran from the home he ignored orders from Officer Elvis Cook to stop or else have the dog after him, Hobbs said.

Max quickly caught Lewis and police took the man into custody.

Conzet was arrested after she'd been yelling at officers and repeatedly tried to push Officer Cook away from Lewis as the suspect was being arrested, according to the release.

With Lewis in handcuffs, the woman ran from the house. Officers stopped and arrested her on suspicion of resisting arrest and battery on a peace officer.

While in the back seat of a patrol car she kicked a rear window and the officers added suspicion of vandalism to the list of arrest charges.


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