Wanted man punches police dog, is bitten, then arrested in Pinellas Park

John Hagin, 25, faced charges of offenses against a police dog, resisting arrest, and domestic battery by strangulation, in addition to a drug charge out of Georgia. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
John Hagin, 25, faced charges of offenses against a police dog, resisting arrest, and domestic battery by strangulation, in addition to a drug charge out of Georgia. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
Published February 4 2015

A fugitive from Georgia choked his girlfriend, ran from police and punched a police dog before being arrested in Pinellas Park on Monday, according to authorities.

John Hagin, 25, was wanted on a charge of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, according to the Pinellas Park Police Department. Officers first responded to a call for domestic disturbance at a Budget Inn on U.S. 19 Monday. Hagin had already fled, police said, but officers found him walking nearby.

When he saw police, Hagin allegedly ran into a city park. Investigators sent a police dog after him. At some point, according to authorities, the dog bit Hagin and Hagin punched it in the head and body. The dog was not injured in the scuffle.

Hagin was taken to a local hospital and arrested. He faced charges of offenses against a police dog, resisting arrest, and domestic battery by strangulation, in addition to the drug charge out of Georgia.

He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on Wednesday morning.

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