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Man jumps off bridge with police dog

December 31, 2007 12:00:00 AM PST
A police pursuit that began in Oceanside has ended with a man jumping off the Coronado Bridge, taking a police dog with him. The man survived, but the dog, named Stryker, died.

Police say the pursuit began about 6:45 p.m. Monday in Oceanside on State Route 76 with a report of a man driving erratically.

California Highway Patrol Officer Larry Landeros says the pursuit continued onto southbound Interstate 5 and onto the Coronado Bridge where the driver came to a stop. Landeros says Oceanside police released Stryker. The man then picked up the dog and jumped about 200 feet over the side of the bridge.

Landeros says the man was rescued from the water and taken to a hospital with bite wounds. The dog's body was recovered from the water.