WOODBURN, Ore. - A 14-year-old boy was arrested Monday morning after police say he led officers on a high-speed police chase with speeds exceeding 100 mph.
The incident began shortly before 3 a.m., when police say the boy stole a car on Gatch Street and was then involved in a hit and run of a taxi cab in Woodburn.
This triggered a police pursuit that went through the towns of Hubbard and Aurora at speeds exceeding 100 mph, Woodburn police Sgt. Keith Kimberlin said.
The teen was eventually captured after officers performed a pit maneuver, which is when police ram a suspect's vehicle in order to slow it down.
That's when the teen's car crashed into a ditch. Police say at that point the teenager refused to get out of the car and they used pepper spray to try to subdue him. But the boy ran off and police unleashed a K-9 tracking dog to chase him.
Police said the teen was under the influence of a controlled substance. He faces a DUII charge. The dog bit the teen to capture him, Kimberlin said.
"Yeah, he was bit by the dog because again we didn't know his age at the time for sure because he was a pretty tall kid," Kimberlin said. "We had to pepper spray him just to get him out of the vehicle after busting out part of the window."
Photo courtesy of the Woodburn Police Department.
The teen was taken to the hospital for treatment of the dog bite injuries. Kimberlin said he will be fine.
The owners of the stolen vehicle were not happy with the outcome, he said.
"They were not very happy considering the shape their vehicle is in, and it's sitting on rims right now," Kimberlin said.
Investigators believe the teen was intoxicated, but won't know for sure until a toxicology test is completed.
The 14-year-old will be taken to the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of attempt to elude a police officer, theft of a motor vehicle and reckless endangering.