CCSO: Pursued package thief turns tail - leaves dog behind
A man suspected of package theft reportedly abandoned his dog during a hot pursuit from police, according to Clackamas County sheriff's deputies in Happy Valley.
Police say a man and a woman — and their little dog, too — have been galavanting around Clackamas County in a stolen Mercedes this month, eluding authorities on multiple occassions.
Seattle residents Parker Timmothy Savoie, 27, and Jordan Dian Vinson, 28, have been linked to a case of burglary, mail theft and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
On Friday, Oct. 11, police say the two suspects followed a resident inside the Stevens Creek Apartments, 11430 S.E. Stevens Road, in Happy Valley, and grabbed packages from the lobby. They allegedly loaded the packages into the stolen car and also snatched a helmet and backpack from a nearby motorcycle.
Washington authorities say the suspects were also spotted in Thurston County on Oct, 8, but deputies terminated a chase for safety reasons.
The dog-gone case came to a head around 12:10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 13, after a patrol deputy attempted to pull over the allegedly stolen two-door 2001 silver Mercedes near the Happy Valley Walmart, 10000 S.E. 82nd Ave.
The deputy lost the trail near Southeast Walnut Drive — but another Clacakmas County deputy spotted the vehicle near Southeast Idleman Road at Mt. Scott Boulevard, according to deputies.
Police say the suspects fled at a "high rate of speed" on Southeast Ridgecrest Road, slamming over speed bumps on the narrow two-lane street. The car chase ended at Southeast 132nd Avenue after the vehicle slid off the road, deputies said.
Both suspects fled, according to a statement from the sheriff's office, and the man behind the wheel was spotted carrying his dog, which he eventually abandoned as he attempted to flee. Neither of the two suspects were apprehended.
The uninjured 1-year-old male Heeler/pitbull mix is now living on the right side of the law, in the care of the Clackamas County Dog Services.
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