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Man subdued by police dog after chase in Melbourne

Man charged with fleeing and eluding, resisting without violence

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Local 6 partner Florida Today is reporting a 53-year-old man was arrested on Church Street in Melbourne Monday after allegedly fleeing from police in a stolen vehicle, according to Sgt. Sheridan Shelley.

Police attempted to stop a car with a stolen license plate at about 1:50 p.m. The car didn't stop and police eventually canceled their pursuit, as it did not warrant a lengthy chase, Shelley said.

Officers later saw the vehicle again and attempted to make another traffic stop, but it drove off, eventually stopping on Church Street.

The driver, Clark Densmore, allegedly left the first car and stole a pickup truck. Officers arrived as he was driving away. Densmore crashed the truck and was subdued with the help of a police dog named Raven.

Densmore was arrested at about 2:15 p.m. He will be transported to Holmes Regional Medical Center to be examined for the dog bite.

Police determined that the first car was stolen and had a license plate stolen from a different car.

Densmore's charges will include fleeing and eluding and resisting without violence, according to Shelley.