K9 tracks down stolen truck suspect who ran from traffic stop

A Deschutes County K9 Wednesday night tracked down a man wanted for stealing a truck and running from authorities in Terrebonne.

Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Grant Johnstone said a deputy pulled over a 1988 Nissan pickup on NW Smith Rock Way just before 8 p.m. The man driving the truck got out and ran from the deputy, who gave chase before losing sight of the man near some outbuildings on a nearby property, Johnstone said.

Deschutes County dispatch advised the truck was stolen out of Lane County. Deputies with Deschutes County and Crook County and Oregon State Police troopers responded to the area to assist. Deschutes County K9 Brolo was also deployed to the find the man. About an hour later, Brolo found the man hiding inside a large brush pile on a field in the area, Johnstone said.

The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Derrick James Freeman of Lebanon. He had two outstanding felony warrants and was taken to the Deschutes County Jail on charges of unlawful use of a motor vehicle and attempting to elude police.

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