K9 captures wanted man in Springfield

K9 Nord alerted to the bed of a work truck, and officers found the suspect, Derrick Hoffer trying to hide.

Posted: Dec 20, 2020 9:11 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Late Saturday night an officer with the Springfield Police Department, stopped 2 vehicles for traffic violations near S 15 and S A St in Springfield. During the investigation, one of the vehicles fled the scene.

The vehicle was located a short time later hidden off S 16th St and S A St near a storage unit. As the officer approached, Derrick Hoffer exited the car and ran across South A St. Police chased him and Hoffer jumped a fence into the yard of a business in the 1500 block of S A St.

K9 Officer Douglas and his police dog Nord made entry into the industrial yard and started tracking the suspect. They began finding blood. It was later determined Hoffer injured himself in several places while jumping the fence.

K9 Nord led officers through another fence and into the yard of a neighboring business. K9 Nord alerted to the bed of a work truck, and officers found Hoffer trying to hide. He was slow to respond but compliant. He was taken into custody without incident and treated at a hospital for the injuries he sustained by jumping fences. He was later lodged on: Elude by Foot, Reckless Driving, DUII Alcohol, Probation Violation Warrant (Assault IV), Hit and Run Warrant. 

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