FRIENDSHIP, Maine — A local man is behind bars after he kicked a police dog that had tracked him down Monday night, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Jason Wotton, 41, was being held at the Knox County Jail Tuesday on charges of domestic criminal threatening and interfering with a police canine.

Sgt. Lance Mitchell and Deputies Jeremy Joslyn and Paul Pinkham responded Monday to a call about domestic threatening in Friendship, according to Sheriff Donna Dennison. Wotton had threatened to burn down a house and cut the victim’s throat, according to the sheriff.

Wotton had fled the scene before officers arrived but was tracked down by the department’s canine, Gunner, and his handler, Joslyn. Wotton kicked Gunner in the ribs before he was taken into custody by deputies.

The sheriff said Gunner is doing OK following the incident.