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Police: Man hits officer with car, fights K-9 in takedown

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A man is in custody after a brief chase on Worth Street. A man is in custody after a brief chase on Worth Street.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

A Savannah man was taken into custody Friday afternoon after allegedly striking one officer with his car, nearly missing another and scuffling with a Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Department K-9.

Everette Earl Callaway Jr., 23, the officer and the Metro K-9 were treated for injuries after a foot pursuit through the Liberty City neighborhood. Police say Callaway entered two houses in an attempt to escape. He has been charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, burglary, obstruction by fleeing, battery on a police animal and miscellaneous traffic offenses.

The Metro officer says he attempted a traffic stop after he spotted Callaway speeding down Liberty Parkway around 12:20 p.m.  Police say Callaway pulled his vehicle into a driveway on Lloyd Street, but when the officer approached his door, he put his car in reverse and steered it toward the officer, striking him on the leg.

The officer avoided being hit again by the front of the car and struck the windshield with his baton. Police say Callaway continued to travel in reverse east on Mitchell Street, narrowly avoiding a detective who was able to move out of the way.

The two occupants of the car got out and began running on foot. Residents directed the officer to Callaway after he was pushed out of the second house he entered on Worth Street.

Larry Futch lives in Liberty City and says Callaway came up to his house while he was being pursued by police and asked to use his cell phone.

"I look over and seen the cops with their dogs just about up to my fence, and he looked over at the same time, and he seen them too, so he just took off and started running around the rear of my house and up to the gate," he said. "So I told the cops that he went that way, that he went up this way... So the cops must have spotted him, let the dog go and I heard a lot of screaming, so they must've got him."

Police say Callaway refused to stop, Metro K-9 Flash was deployed. The two struggled and both sustained injuries before Callaway was taken into custody.

Callaway was taken to Memorial University Medical Center for treatment of bites and pepper spray. Flash was treated by a veterinarian and the officer was treated for an injury to his knee.

West Chatham Precinct officers and detectives are continuing to investigate. They are still trying to identify the second suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers at 912.234.2020 or text CRIMES (274637).

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