Three Penn Yan Village Police Officers were injured Wednesday night after being bit by a dog while attempting to make an arrest on the Outlet Trail.
The incident happened as officers were out on Cherry Street on an unrelated detail. 18-year-old Samantha Lerch and 16-year-old Jakob Lass, both of Penn Yan, were walking three dogs on the Outlet Trail when Lerch walked over to a marked patrol car and allegedly spat on it. As officers made contact with the two, they became belligerent and uncooperative.
When officers attempted to detain Lerch, she refused to comply. As she was handcuffed, Lass allegedly interfered and attacked one of the officers. After a brief scuffle, the officer displayed a taser and Lass was placed onto the ground. As Lass continued to be combative, one of the dogs attacked the officers, biting them. As backup officers arrived, Lass and Lerch were taking into custody and the dogs were captured.
Two of the officers were taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for medical attention and released.
Lerch was charged with disorderly conduct and having a dangerous or vicious dog under the village ordinance. Lass faces similar charges along with disorderly conduct, obstruction of governmental administration, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of alcohol and marijuana, and felony assault. Both were sent to Yates County Jail in lieu of bail.
The dog that bit the officers is being held in quarantine until it can be determined if it was up-to-date on its vaccinations.
Additional charges against the two are pending.
Officers were assisted at the scene by multiple units from the Yates County Sheriff’s Office, Yates County Animal Control and an officer with the U.S. Marshall’s Office. The Yates County District Attorney’s Office also assisted with the investigation.