A Waterbury man punched a Naugatuck police dog after the dog tracked him down when he tried to flee the scene of a car accident Saturday morning, police say.
Jermaine Farrar, 29, of 577 Columbia Blvd. Ext., was involved in a single car accident on Bridge Street at 2 a.m. When police arrived, he put the vehicle in drive and sped away, police said.
He drove the car on the wrong way down Water Street and crashed again on Maple Street, police said. He then got out of the car and started running away, police said.
The canine, a German Shepherd named Vane, ran after Farrar and located him in the area, police said. Once he did, Farrar punched the dog, police said. The dog is OK.
Farrar was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, cruelty to animals/intentional of police animal, disorderly conduct and interfering with an officer. He was released on a $5,000 non-surety bond. His court date could not immediately be verified.