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Clearlake police dog bites parolee

A Clearlake parolee named on an arrest warrant was bitten by a police dog Sunday afternoon after he fled from an officer, Clearlake police said.

Officer Travis Parson spotted the parolee, Tony Ketchum, 22, about 3:45 p.m. on Pearl Avenue near Mullen Avenue, Clearlake Sgt. Tim Hobbs said. Ketchum was on parole for resisting arrest with force or violence and faced a parole arrest warrant, Hobbs said.

Ketchum ran south on Pearl Avenue and eluded Parson by running into a yard about 50 yards south of Mullen Avenue.

Officer Travis Lenz arrived with his dog, Dex, who immediately picked up the suspect's scent and tracked him into a back yard, Hobbs said. The dog found Ketchum hiding between a fence and a storage shed.

Ketchum was arrested on the parole warrant and on suspicion of resisting arrest. He was treated at the scene for injuries to his left arm and left leg attributed to the dog, then transported to St. Helena Hospital in Clearlake, where he was cleared for incarceration and taken to the Lake County Jail.

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