Beaverton police K-9 tracks suspect who fled scene of crash

Luis Alcazar-Tapia mug shot courtesy Washington County Jail

BEAVERTON, Ore. – A Beaverton Police Department K-9 helped capture a suspect who fled the scene of a crash Thursday morning.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the crash at the intersection of Southwest Bald Peak Road and Southwest Laurelwood Road at 5:47 a.m.

As a deputy was traveling to the scene, a driver in a black 2011 Chevrolet Camaro with significant front-end damage was leaving the scene. Three people were chasing it down the road.

The driver then crashed a second time into a guardrail and a ditch. The driver ran away through the forest and steep terrain.

Beaverton Police officer Brian Gaunt and his partner, K-9 Ike, tracked the suspect for 30 minutes through heavy brush and located him hiding under a tree.

Police arrested the suspect, 21-year-old Luis Alcazar-Tapia, of Hillsboro, for driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless endangering, second-degree criminal mischief, hit and run, resisting arrest, and driving while criminally suspended.

Alcazar-Tapia sustained minor injuries from a dog bite and was treated at a hospital before he was taken to the Washington County Jail.

Deputies believe the three people who chased Alcazar-Tapia as he tried to leave the scene were passengers in the vehicle when it crashed and were left behind by the suspect when deputies began arriving.

Two of those individuals were located and are not injured. The third individual was not located.

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