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2 arrested after eluding police in Douglas County, K9 tracks down one suspect

K9 Zoro is a 3-year-old German Shepherd and has been with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office since September 2019. He was reportedly purchased by an anonymous donor in the community and gifted to the agency.

Posted: Oct 23, 2021 3:45 PM
Updated: Oct 23, 2021 3:49 PM

RIDDLE, Ore. -- Two Riddle residents are in custody after attempting to elude police Friday night, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. One of those suspects was tracked down by a K9.

A deputy tried to stop a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon just after 10:30 p.m. in the 1,100 block of Glenbrook Loop Rd. in Riddle for traffic violations, but the driver did not stop.

The driver, who police have now identified as 36-year-old Riddle resident Travis Byrd, continued to the 4,000 block of Glenbrook Lp. before making a U-turn. Byrd reportedly continued to the 3,500 block of Glenbrook Lp. where he stopped the vehicle and ran away.

A female passenger, later identified as 34-year-old Riddle resident Sierra Thompson, then took control of the car and continued trying to elude law enforcement. Thompson was eventually stopped by a Myrtle Creek Officer and taken into custody.

K9 Zoro began tracking the male suspect from where he had ran from the vehicle, DCSO officials said. Zoro led deputies to the back of a property near a fence line, where Byrd was found hiding in the brush. Byrd then surrendered to deputies without further incident.

Both Byrd and Thompson were taken to the Douglas County Jail and are now each facing multiple charges.

Byrd is facing an attempt to elude - vehicle, attempt to elude - foot, obstruction of justice, interfering with a police officer, felon in possession of a restricted weapon, violation amount of possession of methamphetamine, and warrant arrest.

Thompson is facing an attempt to elude - vehicle, obstruction of justice, interfering with police, felon in possession of a restricted weapon, and violation amount of possession of methamphetamine.

K9 Zoro is a 3-year-old German Shepherd and has been with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office since September 2019, DCSO officials said. He was reportedly purchased by an anonymous donor in the community and gifted to the agency.

The Sheriff's Office K9 program, consisting of three K9 teams, is supported financially by private donations and the Friends of Umpqua Valley Police K9 Programs, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support local police K9 teams, DCSO said. Bailey's Veterinary Clinic provides medical care for the Sheriff's Office K9 program while Coastal Farm and Home Supply provides food.

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