FAIRFIELD — An Ansonia man ended up getting bit by police K9 Maverick and taken into custody Sunday afternoon after he failed to stop for police at Exit 19 in Southport.

Police attempted to stop the Dodge Neon, driven by Andre Genest, around 4:30 p.m. because the license plate on the car was stolen. Genest fled a short distance, police said, and then got out of the moving vehicle. Driverless, the Neon continued across two lawns and came to rest at a shrub and mailbox on Osborne Lane.

With the help of Maverick, the police dog, Genest was tracked through several yards, and finally located hiding in a side yard on Daves Lane, where he was bit on the buttocks and hand, suffering minor puncture woulds.

Genest, who lives on Maple Street, was taken to St. Vincent’s Medical Center, where he was treated and released. In his car, police fond several packages of heroin, tools, jewelry, ski masks, latex gloves, a gun cleaning kit, and a locked black safe.

The 28-year-old was charged with interfering with an officer, possession of narcotics, reckless endangerment, engaging police in pursuit, theft of plates, reckless driving, evading responsibility, and no insurance.

Genests’ bond was set at $5,100 and he is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport Sept. 11.