Pit bull pepper-sprayed, man arrested on suspicion of DUI after struggle

SANTA ROSA (BCN) — Police arrested a man Saturday afternoon in Santa Rosa on suspicion of DUI after fire personnel tried to help him, police said.

Firefighters and paramedics arrived at 2:38 p.m. at Stony Point Road and Stony Circle to find a man allegedly slumped over the steering wheel of a Toyota Camry, according to police and the fire department. The man appeared to be intoxicated, police said.

Fire personnel tried to talk with the man, named Steven Silva, but he allegedly got out of the vehicle and started to walk away, according to police.

Silva allegedly continued to be uncooperative with fire personnel who called police.

Silva sat down when officers arrived, but allegedly became uncooperative with them, police said. Officers tried to handcuff Silva, but his pit bull allegedly tried to bite fire personnel, according to police.

The dog stopped attacking authorities when an officer sprayed it with pepper spray, police said.

Silva allegedly struggled with officers, refused to obey commands and kicked and spit on officers, according to police. Officers were able to get Silva on his stomach and handcuff him and he continued to spit and kick, police allege.

Officers finally used leg restraints on Silva to get control of him, according to police.

Police said Silva was on probation for DUI and has multiple previous DUI convictions. Police said they arrested Silva for felony DUI, resisting officers and violating his probation.

Anyone with more information about the incident is being asked to get in touch with Sgt. Philp at (707) 543-4016.

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