A Greenacres man was bitten on both his arms by a Palm Beach County sheriff’s K9 early Monday after leading deputies on a nearly 15-mile chase in a stolen car.
A deputy first spotted Reginald Vilsaint east of Okeeheelee Park driving a gray Honda Accord that police records show had been stolen, according to a probable-cause affidavit made public Wednesday.
When the 19-year-old saw the fully marked patrol car, deputies said he took off, swerving onto Purdy Lane. The car was seen again near Lake Worth Road and Military Trail, and the chase continued south to Boynton Beach where Vilsaint parked and ran.
Deputies say he jumped fences before hiding behind a shed in the back of a home on Northwest First Street. Vilsaint ignored deputy orders to come up with his hands out, according to a sheriff’s office report.
A K9 then bit the teenager’s right forearm, deputies said. While the K9 held on, Vilsaint hit the K9 with his other arm. A deputy “hammer struck” Vilsaint twice over the head, according to a sheriff’s office report, so he would not hurt the K9.
While searching the car, deputies found four Alprazolam pills, also known as Xanex. Vilsaint was arrested on charges of having the controlled substance, as well as for vehicle theft and reckless driving.