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Napa police

A 31-year-old man was arrested after allegedly running a red light, evading police, driving under the influence of drugs and punching a police dog on Saturday night, according to Napa Police.

The initial pursuit began when an officer attempted to pull a vehicle over after it had run a red light at an intersection in Napa at about 11:07 p.m., police said. After the vehicle failed to yield, the officers followed the vehicle down city streets to First Street and Chelsea Avenue, where spike strips were deployed. Although the spikes punctured the vehicle’s tires, the driver continued driving on the rims, entering Highway 29 South at First Street. At Highway 29 and Jameson Canyon Road, the vehicle collided with another vehicle and spun out of control.

The driver of the suspect vehicle, identified as Aaron Patrick Gilmet, 31, attempted to exit the vehicle when Napa Police K9 Officer Mike was deployed. Gilmet allegedly grabbed the dog by the collar and punched him before being taken into custody by police at about 11:21 p.m.

The driver of other vehicle was transported to Queen of the Valley Medical Center with a complaint of pain.

After being cleared at the Queen, Gilmet was booked at the Napa County jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, evading an officer, resisting arrest, battery on a K9 officer, driving on a suspended license and for a probation violation.

K9 Officer Mike was not injured.

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Maria Sestito is the former Napa Valley Register public safety reporter. She now writes for the Register as a freelancer.