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Man leads Brooksville police on chase, punches police dog

Brooksville police say they sent Titan to help arrest Joseph Villarrubia after Villarrubia had fled the scene where his Mercedes crashed into a police car.

Times files (2012)

Brooksville police say they sent Titan to help arrest Joseph Villarrubia after Villarrubia had fled the scene where his Mercedes crashed into a police car.

BROOKSVILLE — Brooksville police officers arrested a Spring Hill man after he led officers on a chase and reportedly punched a police dog named Titan.

About 7 p.m. Wednesday, an officer spotted a silver Mercedes driven by Joseph Villarrubia, 26, traveling more than 90 mph down a section of Broad Street with a speed limit of 55 mph, according to a news release.

The officer turned on his emergency lights to stop the car, but Villarrubia continued. He swerved in and out of traffic and ran a red light at the intersection of Cortez Boulevard and Broad Street.

Villarrubia then hit a stopped car at the intersection of Main Street and Broad Street, turned around, and drove from the crash scene, according to the release.

After hitting a police car stopped in the road with its emergency lights on, Villarrubia got out of the car and ran away. Officers and police dog Titan went after him.

During the arrest, Villarrubia punched Titan and swung at Titan's handler, according to the release.

Villarrubia told officers he was going through hard times and had fought with his girlfriend.

Officers arrested him on charges of battery on a policedog, assault on a law enforcement officer and resisting an officer with violence, among other battery and eluding charges. He was booked into the Hernando County Detention Center in lieu of a $22,500 bond.

Man leads Brooksville police on chase, punches police dog 06/05/14 [Last modified: Thursday, June 5, 2014 9:26pm]

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