Guard dog under observation after biting allegedly drunk trespasser

John Virden Lewis

A guard dog who bit a man who was subsequently arrested for public intoxication is under observation at Vidor Animal Control and will soon be reunited with his family, reports the Vidor Police Department (VPD).

According to a police report from Officer Matthew Custer, he responded to a call regarding a dog bite in the 1000 block of White Oak at almost 9 p.m. on April 27. Upon arrival at the residence, 45-year-old John Virden Lewis told the officer he had been bitten by a dog. He displayed lacerations on his wrist where the dog bit him. Custer noticed that as he spoke to Lewis, the man smelled strongly of an alcoholic beverage. 

"Lewis's speech was extremely slurred, and he was speaking incoherently," Custer wrote. 

The officer also noted that Lewis could not maintain his balance and believed the subject presented a "clear and present danger" to himself and others. He arrested Lewis for public intoxication. 

The people at the residence told the officer they had asked Lewis to leave, but, Custer reported, he did not and was staggering around the driveway. Due to the dog bite on the suspect's wrist and his apparently high level of intoxication, Custer took Lewis to Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. They found he had two broken bones in his wrist from the dog bite, and Custer was unable to clear him for jail. He still faces charges for public intoxication. 

VPD Chief Rod Carroll said the dog did nothing wrong in the incident since it was protecting the residence. The dog was taken to Vidor Animal Control to be observed for 5 to 10 days before being returned to its owners. Carroll said the suspect, Lewis, also told police he did not blame the dog for his injuries. 

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