A Bellmead man who tried to get a dog to attack police in October was arrested Wednesday on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, an arrest affidavit states.

William Jay Hill, 26, was a passenger, along with a dog named Jezabel, in a car that was involved in a chase with Bellmead police Oct. 11, according to the affidavit. Amanda Hill, William Hill's wife was driving, Bellmead police Lt. Kory Martin said. She crashed the car and was taken into custody, the affidavit states.

Officers, including a Texas State Technical College officer, were standing by the car with the dog inside and the windows rolled down.

"The defendant (William Hill) became visibly upset and (was) telling the dog to 'watch them' while pointing at (an officer)," the affidavit states. "At one point, the defendant is pushing the dog out the window."

William Hill told the officers to "come on" and motioned with his hands, challenging the officers, the affidavit states. Hill yelled at the dog, saying "Jezabel hit him" while pointing at a sergeant, according to the document.

"The entire time the defendant is yelling and calling the dog, trying to work the dog into an aggressive state," the affidavit states.

The dog, a pit bull mix, remained in the car and did not attack. None of the officers were hurt.

The couple's 2-year-old son was in the vehicle at the time of the chase and crash, Martin said. Police believe Amanda Hill was driving under the influence of alcohol and William Hill was also intoxicated, he said.

Police arrested them both on a charge of injury to a child. Amanda Hill was also charged with evading in a motor vehicle, and William Hill was also charged with resisting arrest.

The couple bonded out of McLennan County Jail on the original charges.

Police continued to investigate the incident and issued a first-degree felony arrest warrant for William Hill on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in December. He was arrested Wednesday on the assault charge and booked into McLennan County Jail.

He was released Wednesday afternoon on a $10,000 bond.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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