Got him! Police K9 catches suspect who they say attempted to run over an officer

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HILLSBORO, OR –  A 28-year-old man accused of trying to run over an officer was arrested following a pursuit and K-9 track in Hillsboro early Saturday morning, according to the Hillsboro Police Department.

A Hillsboro police officer used the LoJack tracking system in his patrol car to locate the stolen vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex just after 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, police said.

The officer checked the car and found it occupied by Travis Johnson. Johnson then backed the vehicle up and struck the officer’s patrol car and attempted to run over the officer, according to police.

Johnson fled in the vehicle and a pursuit was initiated. Officers chased after Johnson, using spike strips on the stolen car twice and using a PIT maneuver to ultimately bring the suspect to a stop, according to authorities.

Johnson ran from the vehicle into thick brush with officers following. Several officers received minor injuries from the thick brush while chasing Johnson.

Hillsboro police called in K-9 officer Tuco, who was able to locate and take down the fleeing suspect.

Got him! Police K9 catches suspect who they say attempted to run over an officer

Johnson is being held in the Washington County Jail on charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle, third-degree attempted assault, attempt to elude, first-degree theft, first-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, driving under the influence of intoxicants, and second-degree attempted assault.

LoJack is a stolen vehicle recovery system that is designed specifically to allow law enforcement to locate and recover stolen vehicles. The LoJack website explains:

“LoJack uses a proven and proprietary GPS-based technology for the recovery of stolen vehicles as well as other vehicle location services.

When a vehicle equipped with LoJack is stolen, the first step is to have the vehicle’s owner alert local law enforcement.

“Once officers record the theft and provide the owner with a police report, the owner can contact the LoJack recovery team who will work directly with local law enforcement to locate the stolen vehicle.”

DJ Thompson, Senior Director of Law Enforcement for LoJack, said that the joint venture between law enforcement and LoJack leads to safer communities:

“LoJack is proud to work with law enforcement agencies across the country to help protect and promote the safety of our communities.”

K-9 officer Tuco joined the department in December 2020. According to the Hillsboro Police Department Facebook page, Tuco and his handler, Officer Ricky Ruelas, graduated from K-9 school consisting of 250 hours of in-class training. They then passed the Oregon K-9 Association Performance Standards.

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