Oregon City police dog 'collars' first suspect
Oregon City Police Department officers have welcomed a new canine partner into their midst: Ronnie, who wasted no time in helping capture his first suspect.
Ronnie is an 18-month-old Czech shepherd who recently completed seven weeks of obedience school, scent work and apprehension training, working alongside OCPD Officer Alan Farmer. Ronnie is certified to track individuals, search for articles and apprehend suspects.
Just two weeks after OCPD announced Ronnie's arrival to Oregon City last month, the canine officer "collared" his first suspect.
At about 1:45 a.m. on Dec. 29, a deputy with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office noticed a BMW traveling north on Highway 213 at approximately 100 mph. After a short pursuit, the driver abandoned his vehicle and ran into the woods near the intersection of Highway 213 and Redland Road in Oregon City.
CCSO deputies, OCPD officers and Gladstone police officers quickly responded to the area and set up a perimeter. Farmer and Ronnie were close by and began a track almost immediately. In a matter of minutes, the team located the driver hiding several hundred yards away from the car in the brush along Highway 213.
The suspect was safely taken into custody for driving under the influence of intoxicants and attempting to elude a police officer. OCPD officials said the incident was "a great start to Ronnie's career." They also used the case as an example of how law enforcement agencies across Clackamas County work together to keep communities safe.
You can check out Ronnie's Instagram page, @k9.ronnie. OCPD K9 Officers Ronnie, Slate and Grendel are represented in stuffed animals that are for sale to the public for $20 each, and the retired "Mac" stuffed animal is $15. All proceeds go to the Oregon City retired K9 fund to pay for medical expenses for the K9s once they retire from service and are living at home with their handler.
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