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A police dog, not pictured here, bit a woman during an arrest in New Jersey and now its handler is being charged in the case.

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey police officer has been charged with official misconduct and aggravated assault after he allegedly let his police dog bite a woman during an arrest.

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday the arrest of Tuckerton Police Cpl. Justin Cherry. Authorities say he turned himself in on Wednesday.

The Prosecutor’s Office says he tried to pull a driver over on Jan. 29, but she kept driving until stopping at the Barnegat Township Municipal Complex, where two officers took her into custody.

Officials say Cherry also followed her to the scene and allowed his police K-9 to attack her “unjustifiably” and then falsified reports to conceal what happened.

His lawyer, Robert Rosenberg, did not immediately return a call Friday.

Cherry is free on $15,000 bail.

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