Man arrested with help of K-9 after allegedly leading deputies on 90+ mph pursuit
A Kings County man was recently arrested after allegedly leading deputies on a chaotic 90+ mph pursuit.
On the night of Sunday, April 10th, a deputy attempted to pull over Leonard Jeff for mechanical violations in the area of Kent and 14th Avenues. The deputy had also noticed Jeff’s vehicle allegedly swerving back and forth, suggesting possible intoxication, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Rather than pull over, Jeff instead reportedly led deputies on a pursuit that at times exceeded 90 miles per hour, at one point driving into the opposing lane and forcing the oncoming car off the road, the Sheriff’s Office said.
After several miles, deputies were able to intercept Jeff’s vehicle and neutralize it with the use of spike strips on the 19th Avenue overpass above Highway 198. A deputy also positioned their vehicle in front of Jeff’s to prevent him from attempting to drive away.
After allegedly repeatedly refusing deputies’ orders to exit the vehicle, Jeff was ultimately taken into custody with the help of K-9 Deputy Bluz, whom he allegedly physically assaulted until being subdued with a taser, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Jeff remains in custody on suspicion of evading, assault on a police animal, resisting arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia, among other charges. His bail has been set at $115,000.