Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Carl Eaves, 50, of Missouri, early Thursday(7/30) evening for aggravated assault on law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, escape, animal cruelty, theft of means of transportation, felonies, along with reckless driving, DUI and providing alcohol to a minor, misdemeanors. Dispatch received multiple 911 calls regarding the operator of a van driving reckless on Interstate 15. Shortly thereafter, a deputy responded and observed the van traveling 90 miles per hour in a posted 55 mph zone in the Gorge and cutting other cars off.
At about 4:16 p.m., deputies conducted a traffic stop at milepost 11 on Interstate 15 and contacted Eaves, the driver. A computer check revealed the van was stolen. As deputies were taking Eaves into custody, he resisted. Eaves resisted orders and would not comply with the deputies commands. During the struggle, Eaves kicked the deputy in the chest and he fled into the desert. Eaves ran several hundred yards toward the Virgin River.
The deputy released his K-9 partner named “Ecko” to apprehend the suspect. Ecko located Eaves and Eaves struck Ecko in the head with a rock multiple times cutting Ecko’s head open. Ecko continued to do his job while Eaves repeatedly striking him with the rock. Eaves was taken into custody without further incident. Eaves suffered wounds from being bitten. An Officer from the Department of Public Safety responded and assisted. The DPS Officer took custody of Eaves and transported him to the Mesquite Hospital in Nevada where he was treated and medically released. Eaves was transported and booked into the Mesquite Jail. Ecko was treated by a veterinarian in Mesquite for lacerations to the head where he received several stitches. During the investigation, a 19-year-old male subject traveling with Eaves in the van was determined to be intoxicated. The male subject said that Eaves provided him with alcohol in the van. DPS assumed the investigation by booking Eaves into the Mesquite Jail.