K9 tracks fleeing suspect to riverbank

David Acevedo

Keizer Police Department K-9 Kobe successfully tracked a fleeing man to the banks of the Willamette River after leading police on a chase of through south Keizer and northeast Salem. 

The incident began about 1:25 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, near the intersection of Appleblossom Avenue Northeast and River Road North. Keizer officers attempted to stop a speeding motorist, but the driver instead led police on a two-mile chase into Salem. The driver crashed into a city-owned fence near Front Street Northeast and Union Street Northeast and continued his attempt to escape on foot 

Kobe was deployed at the scene and tracked the suspect to the greenway along the Willamette River where the man was taken into custody without further incident. 

The suspect was later identified as David Acevedo, 45, of Lynnwood, Wash. He was taken to the Marion County jail and charged with attempt to elude (both felony and misdemeanor charges) and failure to perform the duties of a driver when property is damaged.