A man tried to drown a Wake County Sheriff's Office dog late Wednesday afternoon after the K-9 chased him into a swampy area near a pond as he fled from deputies, according to arrest warrants.
Nolan C. Mitchell, 22, was charged with felony assault on a law enforcement animal, resisting arrest and habitual misdemeanor assault, which is a felony.
Deputies say they arrived at Mitchell’s home, at 4021 Doyle Road, and broke up an assault involving a woman in the front yard. Mitchell ran, ignoring deputies’ orders to stop, the warrants state.
Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Deputy Tim Bordeaux sent his K-9 partner, Sig, after Mitchell. Sig caught up with Mitchell in a swampy area with 3 to 5 inches of water.
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Deputies said Mitchell wrestled with Sig and tried to hold his snout under the water, but Sig bit Mitchell on the leg.
Mitchell received medical treatment for the bite and for scratches he got running through woods, Harrison said. Sig was unhurt, Harrison said.
State prison records showed that Mitchell was convicted in 2013 of assault on a female and in 2011 of assault with a deadly weapon.
Mitchell was being held Thursday at the Wake County Detention Center in lieu of $251,000 bail.