UPDATE: Suspect Brandon Creary was transported to the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital emergency room, where he was treated for his injuries, then booked at the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of vehicle theft, assault on a peace officer, evading peace officers, resisting arrest, hit and run, being under the influence of illegal narcotics, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Original story: Arroyo Grande High School was placed on lockdown earlier today after an Oceano man allegedly stole a vehicle from a local convenience store, rammed an Arroyo Grande police car and eventually was taken into custody after being bitten multiple times by the sheriff’s K-9 dog.
Brandon Michael Creary, 30, was taken into custody and transported to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital for treatment. He will then be booked at San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, as well as other potential charges, according to Arroyo Grande police.
The incident started about 11 a.m., when officers learned that a white Ford Ranger was stolen from the 7-Eleven convenience store at the corner of East Grand Avenue and Halcyon Road.
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As police started to investigate, two deputies from the county sheriff’s office’s civil division, who were working in the area, spotted the vehicle and started following it. The vehicle stopped in a driveway in the 800 block of Olive Street.
The deputies and Arroyo Grande police, with lights and sirens flashing, pulled up to the vehicle and tried to take Creary into custody, police Cmdr. Beau Pryor said.
Creary then backed the truck up and slammed into an Arroyo Grande police cruiser. He then pulled forward, put the vehicle into park, and refused to comply with officers’ orders, Pryor said.
Officers then fired at least one “bean bag” round, a less lethal round fired out of a modified shotgun, Pryor said. He didn’t immediately know how many rounds were fired or if Creary was hit.
Creary then reportedly backed up the Ranger again and hit the police vehicle, creating enough room for him to maneuver out of the driveway. He also hit one of the sheriff’s deputy’s vehicles, Pryor said.
Creary then led officers on a pursuit up Olive Street and behind Arroyo Grande High, and ended up in the field across from the high school off Fair Oaks Avenue. Officers gave repeated commands over a public address system for several minutes, but Creary did not comply, so they let the K-9 loose.
Creary suffered multiple bite wounds from the K-9, including a larger bite on his left upper arm, Pryor said.
The sheriff’s deputy then struck Creary several times with a baton as he continued to ignore commands to get out of the truck and place his hands in the air.
Creary was eventually removed from the truck by deputies and officers and taken into custody.
The lockdown on the high school was lifted before lunchtime, after Creary was taken to the hospital, Pryor said. The school was locked down for the safety of the students, since the incident ended nearby.
The Arroyo Grande officers involved in the incident were Pryor, Cmdr. Kevin McBride, Senior Officer Vince Johnson, Officers Jeremy Burns, Burns’ trainee Officer James Jolly, Officer Ken Reed, School Resource Officer Tammie Neufeld, and sheriff’s deputies Pete Davis and Troy Rudman.