A Knightdale man drove over 100 mph with his 2-year-old son in the back seat of his car early Friday, then stopped the car, ran and hit a police K-9 that caught him, Wake County sheriff's deputies charged in arrest warrants.
Deputy Chad Harrington wrote in an arrest warrant that he smelled marijuana when Zaquell Shabazz Howard, 24, stopped at a driver’s license checkpoint at White Oak and Raynor roads.
The sheriff’s office said Howard, of 306 Luxury Lane in Knightdale, sped away from the checkpoint with deputies in pursuit.
The chase reached speeds over 100 mph, deputies charged, but did not go far before Howard stopped the car and took off on foot, leaving the boy in the car, the charges allege.
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Rico, one of the sheriff’s office’s K-9’s, caught up with Howard, then Howard hit the dog multiple times in the head, an arrest warrant charged.
The sheriff’s office said Friday that Rico was not seriously hurt.
Deputies charged Howard with fleeing to elude authorities, misdemeanor child abuse, assault on a law-enforcement animal and resisting arrest.
He was held in lieu of $15,000 bail for a Friday court appearance.