Police dog tracks down driver and bites boy when he attacks deputy
by: Courtesy of WCSO Two 17-year-old boys were arrested early Friday morning after they led Washington County sheriff's deputies on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle. The vehicle crashed into a fence, leading to the boys' arrest.

Two 17-year-old Hillsdale boys were arrested early Friday morning after they led Washington County sheriff's deputies on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle. A police dog bit one of the suspects after he reportedly attacked the K9's deputy handler.

At about 1:30 a.m., sheriff's deputies responded to a reported fight at 4455 S.W. 99th Ave. in Raleigh Hills.

Deputies were informed by dispatch that a fight between seven people had broken out, and the caller reported a possible gunshot that was heard during the fight. The caller also gave a description of a gray sports utility vehicle that was leaving the scene.

As a responding deputy approached the area, he saw a vehicle matching the description given by dispatch. The vehicle was traveling along Southwest Jamison Road, driving away from the area of the fight.

As soon as the deputy turned around to investigate the SUV, the driver sped away and turned the headlights off.

The driver, a 17-year-old Hillsdale resident, attempted to turn left onto Scholls Ferry Road and lost control of the vehicle. He crashed into a tree and a chain-link fence.

The suspect then jumped out of the car and fled on foot, leaving his passenger stuck in the vehicle.

Deputies quickly surrounded the area and brought in a Washington County K9 team to search for the suspect.

After several minutes, K9 Titan located the suspect hiding in the yard of a house. The German shepherd's handler, Deputy Tim Mateski, ordered the suspect to show his hands, but the teen charged the Mateski instead. As the teen attacked the deputy, Mateski struck him with a fist and Titan bit him several times on the arm, said Sgt. David Thompson, sheriff's office spokesman.

The suspect quickly gave up, and was later taken to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center for the dog bites. Neither the deputy nor Titan suffered any injuries.

The passenger of the SUV, another 17-year-old boy from Hillsdale, was taken to the hospital with minor injuries from the crash and later arrested for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Deputies contacted Portland police, who went to the residence where the stolen vehicle was registered and contacted the owner who was not aware his vehicle was missing.

The teen driver was later charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, felony hit and run, fourth-degree assault, second-degree criminal mischief, attempt to elude a police officer, unauthorized entry into a motor vehicle and reckless driving.

Both suspects were turned over to the Washington County Juvenile Department and later booked into the Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center in Portland.

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