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Suspects nabbed by alert cop


Off-duty deputy chief honored for actions on July 11

Hillsboro Police Department Deputy Chief Mark Bonnett will be awarded a Police Service Achievement Medal due to his “exceptional initiative while off duty.”

While driving to work July 11, Bonnett noticed a car that looked out of place next to his neighbor’s garage. He then observed a man dash into the car.

As Bonnett turned his car around to investigate, the car quickly drove away. Bonnett followed the vehicle on rural roads and watched as the driver went through a stop sign at a high rate of speed. Bonnett used police lights and sirens from his unmarked vehicle, but the driver did not stop until he rounded a corner and was blocked by two large pieces of farm equipment.

After ordering the driver to show his hands, the driver got out of the car and appeared to be on the verge of fleeing on foot.

Alone in the rural setting and armed with his duty weapon, Bonnett used verbal commands to control the two suspects for approximately 12 minutes. When members of the Oregon State Police, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Beaverton Police Department arrived, they found the two suspects allegedly in possession of heroin as well as property stolen from Bonnett’s neighbor. Also in the car was ammunition for a handgun and an opened folding knife.

The unidentified driver was charged with theft, possession of heroin, attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving and trespassing.

HPD Commander Doug Ehrich nominated Bonnett for the Police Service Achievement Medal last week. On Tuesday, the HPD Commendations Review Committee unanimously approved the commendation.

“Mark’s dedication to the community — whether at work or in his off time — is a great example of the courage and commitment that we see throughout the Hillsboro Police Department,” said City Manager Michael Brown. “I am very proud of Mark’s bravery, and his commitment to protecting the public.”

Bonnett, who has served with the Hillsboro Police Department for 29 years, will receive his medal at the annual Hillsboro Police Department awards ceremony in January.