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Police arrest teens in alleged car theft

Two local teenagers have been arrested after they allegedly stole a car from Tualatin Monday morning.

The 1998 Honda Civic 4-door was reported stolen to Tualatin Police at 8:13 a.m., Monday, Sept. 23, but was spotted in Keizer Monday afternoon.

According to Keizer Police, an officer located the car at about 1:40 p.m., being driven by two teenagers.

Upon seeing the officer, the two teens reportedly fled from the car and took off on foot.

Several officers from Keizer an Salem searched the area. After about 10 minutes, officers found the car's passenger, a 15-year-old boy from Tigard. He was arrested without incident.

The Times does not release the names of minors accused of crimes. The boy is charged with one count of conspiracy, but more charges are likely, Keizer Police said in a statement.

At about 1:40, a K-9 team from Salem Police located the second suspect near a home in the 7000 block of Cedar Falls Court North.

The suspect — 18-year-old Julio Mina, of Tualatin — attempted to flee but was bitten by the police dog as he tried to get away.

Mina was treated for non-life threatening injuries at the scene and was transported to Salem Hospital for additional follow up.

Mina faces charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and interfering with a police officer. Additional charges may be forthcoming.

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call Keizer Police Officer David Zavala at 503-390-3713, ext. 3512.

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