Portland man faces drugs- and theft-related charges

A Portland man whose car was pulled over early Saturday morning on Southwest Cornell Road near Sunset High School allegedly ran from deputies before he was caught and arrested on drug-related accusations.

A Washington County sheriff's deputy initiated a traffic stop in the 13000 block of Cornell Road at 1:02 a.m. The deputy suspected the driver, Corey Johnson, 24, of Portland, had drugs in the car. The deputy contacted a K-9 handler, and he arrived with his partner, Maverick, a drug detection and tracking K9. by: WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Corey Johnson, 24, of Portland, was arrested early Saturday morning on drugs and theft charges after a traffic stop in which he fled deputies and was captured by a police K9.

The deputy and Maverick conducted a search of the vehicle and Maverick alerted the deputy there were likely drugs in the vehicle. The deputy located small amounts of drugs and a firearm within the suspect's reach that was allegedly stolen, said Sgt. Vince Stimler, spokesman for the sheriff's office.

Johnson was not cooperative when deputies placed him under arrest, Stimler said, so he was seated in handcuffs on the ground next to a patrol car. Johnson saw an opportunity to run from the scene and attempted to elude the deputies while still handcuffed. The deputies took pursuit with Maverick, and after a short chase, Johnson surrendered to the K9, Stimler said.

Johnson was arrested on allegations of first-degree theft; third-degree theft; second-degree escape/attempt to elude, a misdemeanor; carrying a concealed weapon, resisting arrest and interfering with a peace officer.

The suspect was lodged in the Washington County Jail pending $20,000 bail.

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