Janesville police have arrested a 23-year-old man after he reportedly almost crashed into an officer, spat on a paramedic and crashed into a van with five people in it late Friday afternoon.
A news release says officers were patrolling in the 500 block of S. Academy Street when they saw a car driving recklessly. Officer Nick Drout had to to run out of the road to avoid being hit by the car, reportedly driven by Abel Hernandez of Janesville.
A short time later, the car came out of an alley and allegedly hit a van with five people inside. No one was hurt in the crash.
The driver ran away from the scene but police were able to catch him with the help of a K-9 officer Fred. A news release says Hernandez continued to fight the K-9 officer and other police who were trying to subdue him; which they eventually did with pepper spray. The suspect was taken to an area hospital for injuries and on the way, he allegedly spat on paramedics.
Hernandez is facing charges of two counts of recklessly endangering safety, fleeing an officer, assaulting a law enforcement animal, two counts of propelling bodily fluids at EMS, OWI second offense, hit and run, open intoxicants in a motor vehicle and resisting an officer.
A passenger who was with Hernandez, Jason Sun, 30, also of Janesville, also was arrested on a probation violation. He's being held at the Rock County Jail