Man arrested after pursuit, K-9 bite

Jason Day (middle, shirtless) was arrested after he led police on a foot chase and tried to hide in a neighborhood off East Dunne Avenue, authorities said. 

A registered sex offender who was involved in a domestic dispute Wednesday ran barefoot from police and was arrested when a sheriff’s K-9 officer bit him on the arm, according to authorities.

Morgan Hill police responded to a call about 1:45 p.m. reporting a man and woman in a loud verbal fight on East Dunne Avenue, near the intersections of Flaming Oak Lane and Rustling Oak Court, according to MHPD Sgt. Troy Hoefling.

When officers arrived they were told the man was leaving the scene in a vehicle, Hoefling said. He was “bloody and scratched” around his neck and on his hands, and he was not wearing shoes, Hoefling said.

Police identified the man as Jason Day, 24 of Morgan Hill, a registered sex offender and parolee.

Day was initially cooperative, but when officers started questioning him about the reported domestic dispute that had just happened, he “took off running” in an attempt to flee from the officers, according to Hoefling. He ran east up Dunne Avenue, and numerous officers and Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies ran after him.

Police found Day after about two hours, hiding under some brush in a residential yard at the end of Rustling Oak Court, police said. The officers, including the sheriff’s K-9 unit, surrounded Day’s hiding spot and gave him “numerous commands” to surrender, Hoefling said.

After Day declined to come out from his hiding spot, the sheriff’s dog was sent in and bit the suspect on the left arm, Hoefling said. The extent of Day’s injuries was unknown, but Hoefling added he had what appeared to be bloody teeth marks where the dog bit him.

Day then surrendered to police and was arrested without further resistance, Hoefling said. He was transported to Saint Louise Regional Hospital for treatment before being booked.

Day is registered for his conviction of a number of sex-related offenses, including lewd and lascivious acts toward a child, rape, assault with a deadly weapon and terrorist threats, Hoefling said. He is listed on the California Megan’s Law with an address on Flaming Oak Court, near the intersection of East Dunne Avenue.

Police also noted that before Day ran from police in Wednesday’s incident, he had a GPS ankle bracelet monitor, but he removed it before officers caught up to him.

Officers later determined that Day had been involved in a physical altercation with a girlfriend, Hoefling said.

After being medically cleared, Day was booked at Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest, re-imprisonment of a parolee, domestic violence and false imprisonment, Hoefling said.

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