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3-year term in police dog's death

February 19, 2009|Tony Perry

A 28-year-old man Wednesday was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison for a bizarre incident on New Year's Eve 2007 in which he led Oceanside police on a high-speed chase down Interstate 5 and then dove off the Coronado Bridge with a police dog biting his arm.

Cory Byron survived the 200-foot fall but the police dog, Stryker, was killed. The dog's handler had unleashed it after Byron stopped on the bridge but refused to surrender. He was sentenced for drunk driving, assault, evading arrest and animal cruelty.

With credit for time served, Byron could be released from custody by the end of 2009.

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