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Clearwater teen arrested after police chase across town

CLEARWATER — A Clearwater teenager bitten by a police dog after a pursuit early Thursday faces a slew of charges, Pinellas County sheriff's deputies said.

Eduardo A. Avalos, 17, is accused of speeding from deputies in a stolen vehicle and fighting with a sheriff's dog that caught him.

The incident began about 4:45 a.m. Thursday when deputy Michael Kilian, 40, pulled up behind a purple 2000 Honda Civic at Ulmerton Road and 49th Street N.

The Civic had been reported stolen Tuesday. Kilian turned on his emergency lights to signal a traffic stop, but the car continued north across the Bayside Bridge, deputies said.

The car then turned west onto Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard as two deputies pursued. Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Tom Nestor did not know how fast they were going.

The Civic stopped near Yelvington Avenue when Kilian nudged its back with his cruiser, sending the vehicle into a spin.

The driver got out and ran into a nearby neighborhood.

Kilian unleashed his 3-year-old partner, Axel the German shepherd.

The dog found Avalos behind a home at 17 Skyview Ave.

The suspect tried choking and hitting Axel, deputies say, and the dog bit him several times.

Avalos was taken to a local hospital and then transferred to the Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center.

Charges include grand theft auto, fleeing and eluding an officer, resisting an officer with violence, battery on a police dog and driving without a license.

Clearwater teen arrested after police chase across town 07/15/10 [Last modified: Thursday, July 15, 2010 8:57pm]

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