A man who at first appeared might pose a threat to police officers responding to a domestic disturbance in Clearlake on Wednesday night soon bolted, launching a brief standoff as police surrounded the neighborhood in hopes of apprehending him.
Kevin Zeier, 54, was eventually found hiding under a neighbor's house, police said. When he refused to come out, a police dog sent in to persuade him to surrender eventually bit him in the groin and arm, leading to his arrest, authorities said.
The incident started around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on Ballpark Avenue, when police responded to a report of a disburbance.
A man sitting in a car parked in the driveway with its engine running refused to respond to the officers, but got out and began charging one officer aggressively when the other approached a woman at the address, police said.
The man got within three-to-five yards when he suddenly turned and ran, refusing to stop, as ordered by the officers, authorities said. Additional officers arrived and surrounded the area until an officer with a trained dog located Zeier under a house on a nearby street.
Zeier was taken to St. Helena Hospital Clearlake for treatment of injuries from the dog bites and was released to be booked into the Lake County Jail, police said.
He was arrested for suspicion of obtructing a police officer. Bail was $5,000, according to jail records.