Tuesday, May 15
At 3:40 p.m. at the intersection of Garden Street and Tulare Avenue, officers responded to a report of a traffic accident. Witnesses told officers that one of the drivers, 24-year-old Dean Carpenter, begin fighting with citizens who were trying to keep him from fleeing the scene of the collision. Carpenter then tried to run into a nearby apartment but was blocked by the tenant. A police K9 tracked Carpenter to the backyard of a residence near the corner of Bridge Street and Laurel Street. When the officer and his K9 attempted to detain Carpenter he assaulted the officers. Carpenter was eventually taken into custody and booked at the Tulare County Pretrial Facility for assault on a police K9, battery on a police officer, hit and run, and prowling. Washington Elementary was placed on lock down as a precaution during this incident.

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