Man caught by canine after fleeing deputies
A man is in jail after fleeing Columbia County Sheriff's deputies and later being tracked down by a canine deputy.
A CCSO deputy saw a silver Jeep Cherokee run a stop sign at Highway 30 and Price Road in Rainier, nearly causing two traffic crashes last Saturday, March 17, according to a report from CCSO.
The deputy attempted to do a traffic stop on the Jeep, but the driver sped away and a short pursuit ensued.
The driver of the Jeep, Christopher Robb, 51, of Portland, finally stopped on Atkins Road, before fleeing on foot into a nearby wooded area, CCSO stated.
A perimeter of the area was set up by deputies, with assistance from Rainier Police Department and Oregon State Police.
"Our K-9 unit 'Lars' and his handler arrived on scene and began searching for Robb," the CCSO report stated. "After a 40 minute search in the heavily wooded area, 'Lars' located Robb burrowed into a large slash pile."
Robb was arrested and lodged into the Columbia County Jail on three felony warrants, along with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, two counts of reckless endangering, and reckless driving.
Robb has since been charged with attempt to elude police. He is being held in custody without bail.