LO man arrested after colliding with Bend PD K9 vehicle
A 19-year-old Lake Oswego man was arrested near Bend Thursday afternoon after leading police on a high speed chase and crashing into a Bend Police K9 vehicle.
According to the Oregon State Police, Zenler Clairmont was taken into custody for DUII, second degree assault, first degree criminal mischief, reckless endangering and reckless driving. Other charges may be added once an investigation is complete, police said.
Clairmont was not injured in the crash, while the K9 officer suffered non life-threatening injuries.
The incident began around 2:20 p.m., according to police, when Deschutes County 911 put out information about a driver who was reportedly suicidal.
When a deputy with the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office located Clairmont's vehicle about three miles north of Bend and attempted to stop him, Clairmont drove away. According to OSP, Clairmont was "driving recklessly at high speeds, crossing into oncoming traffic and avoiding multiple attempts by officers to spike strip the vehicle."
Clairmont eventually turned onto a dead-end street and attempted to escape by driving through a fence, which was when he collided with the driver's side of the K9 vehicle.