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Springfield police dog tracks down suspect in thick fog

Springfield K9 Kirby was deployed, and the driver was located and taken into custody without further incident, police said.

Posted: Nov 28, 2021 6:51 AM
Updated: Nov 29, 2021 10:11 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A Springfield police dog successfully tracked down a suspect after a chase early Sunday morning.

Officials said an officer was patrolling near 42nd and Main streets at about 1 a.m. when they noticed a car carelessly driving through neighborhoods, and she attempted to stop it.

The driver, Trask Austin Phelps, 36, did not yield and drove northbound on 42nd Street before disabling his vehicle in the parking lot of International Paper, according to police. Phelps reportedly got out of his car and ran toward an adjacent cattle field. This led to officers pursuing him until they lost him in thick fog, officials said.

Other officers arrived on the scene and quickly established a perimeter around the field. Springfield K9 Kirby was then deployed, and Phelps was located and taken into custody without further incident.

Officials told KEZI that stolen property was found inside the vehicle.

Phelps currently faces charges of reckless driving, elude by vehicle, elude by foot, felon in possession of a restricted weapon, unlawful carrying of a concealed weapon and other pending charges.

According to officials, Phelps has warrants out of Deer Ridge Correctional Institution.

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