K9 sniffs out suspect after deputy tries to stop stolen car

Matthew Kelm, 40, of Roseburg was arrested after a deputy tried to make a traffic stop on Meadow Avenue near Kerr Street.

Posted: Feb 10, 2020 3:58 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. – K9 Zoro sniffed out a suspect late Sunday night, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Matthew Kelm, 40, of Roseburg was arrested after a deputy tried to make a traffic stop on Meadow Avenue near Kerr Street.

The sheriff’s office said just before midnight a deputy reportedly observed a tan 1992 Honda Accord commit a traffic violation. The car had been reported stolen to Springfield police.

The driver refused to stop and headed south in the northbound lanes, and the chase ended for safety reasons, they said.

Authorities said the driver nearly hit a responding deputy before hitting a van.

After crashing the car, the driver ran from the scene. Deputies said Zoro tracked the suspect and found him along the riverbank.

Kelm is in the Douglas County Jail facing charges of attempt to elude police in a vehicle, reckless driving, reckless endangering, unlawful use of a motor vehicle and driving while suspected and was arrested on five warrants.

No one in the van was injured.

Roseburg police assisted.

Zoro has been with the sheriff’s office since September 2019.

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