A 20-year-old Arnold resident has been charged with animal cruelty and evading police after throwing a dog out of a car window while leading officers on a high speed chase, according to the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office.
The chase ensued when suspect Skyler Gregory allegedly failed to yield during a routine traffic stop Sunday morning on Mandel Road, near White Pines, according to a sheriff’s office news release. The suspect, driving a white Lexus, accelerated away from the deputy and continued at a high rate of speed westbound on Highway 4, forcing several other drivers out of the roadway.
The suspect allegedly threw a dog out of the driver’s side window while turning onto Avery Sheep Ranch Road. The dog, a “pit bull type” breed, was “able to scurry off the road,” though authorities have no additional information regarding its whereabouts or who it belongs to, Sgt. Greg Stark with the sheriff’s office told the Enterprise on Monday.
Following the throwing of the dog, the pursuit was terminated “for safety concerns.” Deputies and California Highway Patrol Officers set up a perimeter and initiated a search.
Gregory’s vehicle was located in a wooded ravine near the 3000 block of San Domingo Road in Murphys, and the suspect was apprehended in the early afternoon on San Domingo Road.
Upon searching the suspect’s vehicle, officers identified suspected methamphetamine, a glass smoking pipe and items used to siphon gasoline. Gregory later admitted to siphoning gasoline in the Arnold area, according to the news release.
The suspect was booked into the Calaveras County Jail and charged with evading a police officer, animal cruelty and other traffic and drug-related charges.
Bail was set at $75,000, with an additional $2,500 bail for an outstanding warrant for previous traffic-related offenses including driving without a license.