Man Convicted Of Assaulting Sheriff Deputy's K-9

UPDATED: Monday June 22, 2009 8:11 AM

A man could spend more than six years in prison after he was convicted Thursday of punching a sheriff deputy's K-9 and ignoring orders from police.

A jury convicted Jeffrey L. Metz of one count of failure to comply and one count of assaulting a police dog.

The convictions carry a maximum prison term of 6 years, prosecutors said.

Metz was arrested on Jan. 15 after deputies said he was caught driving more than 90 mph along U.S. Route 42.  Authorities said Metz eventually lost control of his vehicle and spun out in a field.

After ignoring orders to get out of the vehicle, a Delaware County Sheriff's K-9 named Thor was sent in to remove Metz.

Investigators said Metz punched the dog several times in the head and throat, breaking one of the dog's teeth.

Metz, 45, will be sentenced on July 27.

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