K9 Nike speedily captures suspected car thief

A Roseburg Police K9 named Nike was used to assist the Winston Police Department after a vehicle pursuit that ended on Highway 42 on Friday.

Posted: Sep 21, 2019 3:16 PM
Updated: Sep 21, 2019 3:28 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A Roseburg Police K9 named Nike was used to assist the Winston Police Department after a vehicle pursuit that ended on Highway 42 on Friday.

Officials say 19-year-old Abigail Wallace was driving a stolen car and attempted to elude police starting in Roseburg and ending near milepost 42 on Highway 42.

Officials tell KEZI 9 News that the pursuit ended when her vehicle was brought to a stop by an Oregon State Police Trooper using stop sticks. They say Wallace and her passenger ran from the car on foot, and refused to stop when they were told to do so.

Officials say K9 Nike chased Wallace down a steep embankment and across a creek.

Officials say Wallace started to give up, so K9 Nike was called back to his handler, and Wallace began running again. K9 Nike was again sent to capture Wallace, and she stopped again and pretended to give up so K9 Nike was called back. Wallace refused to surrender to the police and again tried to flee.

Officials tell KEZI 9 News that K9 Nike chased after her for a third time and made a biting capture of Wallace and held her in place until officers caught up to them. Officials say officers took Wallace into custody.

Officials say Wallace received superficial scrapes as a result of the bite, and was lodged in jail.

A Coos County K9 team deployed to track the passenger up a mountain, were assisted by a Roseburg PD Officer, a Winston Police Officer, and a Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy. 

Officials tell KEZI 9 News that several articles of clothing were found, but they were unable to locate the passenger.

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