CROWN POINT, Ind. — A Kenosha man was arrested Sunday morning after allegedly gouging the eyes of a Crown Point K9 and choking the dog during an arrest.

Tyler Lee Pollard

Just after 2:35 a.m., a Crown Point police officer observed a 2006 Maserati driving 86 miles per hour in the 2100 North Main Street. Police said the driver, identified as 32-year-old Tyler Lee Pollard, of Kenosha, Wisconsin did not stop and a pursuit was initiated for around one mile.

Pollard eventually stopped in the 8600 block of Taft Street. Police said he refused to exit the Maserati and a baton was used to smash his passenger window to unlock the car.

The officer then deployed his K9 partner, named Jack, into the car. Police said Pollard allegedly gouged Jack’s eyes and grabbed him around the throat, causing the dog’s eyes to roll to the back of his head.

Pollard was then tased and let the dog go.

According to police, Pollard was arrested, taken to an area hospital for minor injuries and later booked at the Lake County Jail.

Pollard is charged with the following:

  • Battery on public safety official, level 6 felony
  • Intimidation, level 6 felony
  • Resisting law enforcement, level 6 felony
  • Striking, interfering with a law enforcement animal, level 6 felony
  • Operating while intoxicated, endangering a person, class A misdemeanor
  • Resisting law enforcement, class A misdemeanor
  • Disorderly conduct, class B misdemeanor
  • Operating while intoxicated, class C misdemeanor
  • Reckless driving, class C misdemeanor

K9 Jack joined the department in Sept. 2021. He is currently in the care of his handler and awaiting further medical review.