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Bobbie Burke, 31, was arrested Thursday on charges of dumping hazardous materials, battery on a police animal and evading arrest. (Alameda County Sheriff's Office)

CASTRO VALLEY -- A Hayward man caught dumping paint and other hazardous material was arrested Thursday after tumbling 100 feet down an embankment during a scuffle with a dog and deputy, authorities said.

Bobbie Burke, 31, ran into the woods about 7:30 p.m. after a sheriff's deputy pulled up to him at Five Canyons Parkway at Old Dublin Road, Alameda County Sheriff's Sgt. J.D. Nelson said. The deputy shone his light on Burke as he was dumping paint cans, motor oil and electrical parts, and the man took off on foot from his parked trailer.

A police dog brought in to help the deputy search for the man found Burke in a wooded area, Nelson said. As the deputy approached the dog and the suspect, the man started fighting the deputy. All three fell down a steep embankment, tumbling about 100 feet down the hill.

As they came to rest at the bottom of the hill, the dog again went after Burke, biting him several times across his body, Nelson said. The man then wrapped his hands around the dog's throat, and his legs around the dog's body.

The deputy managed to cuff the man, and arrested him on charges of dumping hazardous materials, resisting arrest, and battery on a police animal, Nelson said. Burke was taken to Eden Hospital to treat his dog bites, and was released to Santa Rita Jail shortly after.

Neither the dog nor the deputy was injured in the incident, Nelson said.

According to Nelson, the hazardous materials Burke was seen dumping were not being dumped directly into nearby San Lorenzo Creek, but rather onto a patch of land underneath the overpass.


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"Is it possible that it could end up in the water? Sure," Nelson said. "It's nearby, and there's rain, runoff. But he wasn't dumping directly into the body of water."

Burke is currently on probation for being a felon in possession of a firearm, Nelson said. No weapons were found in the man's trailer or on his person.

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