A 27-year-old Vista man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges stemming from a New Year's Eve incident in which he allegedly grabbed a police dog and jumped off the Coronado bridge to avoid arrest for drunk driving.
Cory Byron was being pursued on Interstate 5 by Oceanside police when he stopped on the bridge. A police dog, named Stryker, was sent to subdue him, but Byron grabbed the dog and jumped off the bridge, officials said.
The 200-foot fall killed the dog. Byron suffered a collapsed lung and remains at UC San Diego Medical Center, where the arraignment was held.
He is charged with drunk driving, evading arrest and causing the death of a police dog.