A suspected intoxicated driver was tracked down and arrested following a crash in the Laurelwood area on Thursday morning, Nov. 1, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Luis Alcazar-Tapia of Hillsboro allegedly fled the scene of a crash at the intersection of Southwest Bald Peak and Laurelwood roads. The Sheriff's Office said a deputy responding to the scene at about 5:47 a.m. saw his vehicle, a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro, driving away — with three people, whom the Sheriff's Office believes to have been passengers in the vehicle, chasing after it — despite "significant" damage to its front end where it had apparently collided with a road sign.
After the Camaro crashed into a guardrail and then went into a ditch, the Sheriff's Office said, the driver got out and attempted to elude law enforcement by fleeing into the forest. He was reportedly found hiding under a tree after a 30-minute track by K-9 Ike, a tracking dog with the Beaverton Police Department who arrived on the scene to assist.
Alcazar-Tapia, 21, faces charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless endangering, hit and run, driving while suspended, second-degree criminal mischief, and resisting arrest. He was hospitalized for treatment after suffering what the Sheriff's Office called "minor injuries" as a result of being bitten by Ike; he was subsequently transported to the Washington County Jail.
Two of the juveniles seen chasing the Camaro were located and determined not to have been injured in the crash. The third person chasing the car was not located.
The area where the crash and pursuit took place lies toward the western end of the Chehalem Mountains. The Bald Peak State Scenic Viewpoint, a popular spot from which one can look out over the Tualatin Valley, is located about two miles to the south.
K-9 Ike's Beaverton police partner is Officer Brian Gaunt.
Police dogs in Washington County are routinely made available to other law enforcement agencies for suspect tracks. The Sheriff's Office has five K-9 teams of its own, four of which are tracking units and the fifth of which specializes in narcotics detection.