Port Angeles police dog helps officers nab suspect

By Rob Ollikainen
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles police dog helped officers apprehend an 18-year-old man who fled from police on South Cedar Street into the Tumwater Creek ravine Wednesday afternoon.

Nicholas Tyler Roberts of Port Angeles was “tracked, located and contacted” by K-9 Bogey in a bush near Tumwater Truck Route at about 12:42 p.m., police said.

Roberts, who had a felony warrant for Drug Court violations, fled from Sgt. Jesse Winfield on the 700 block of South Cedar Street at 12:24 p.m., police said.

Roberts was reportedly running through yards to elude officers and was last seen heading westbound from the 600 block of South Cedar into the wooded ravine.

Bogey, a German Shepherd who was imported from the Netherlands in September 2012, was deployed by his handler, Officer Lucas Degand.

Across creek

Roberts was tracked across a creek to a group of bushes near the truck route.

He was given several warnings to announce his presence but refused to disclose his location, police said.

Bogey found Roberts hiding in a bush a short distance from the tracking team.

“K-9 Bogey's assistance was the primary reason officers were eventually able to locate and arrest Roberts,” Deputy Police Chief Brian Smith said.

Roberts was treated for minor injuries he suffered during the pursuit.

He was booked into the Clallam County jail at 4:05 p.m. Wednesday for investigation of obstructing a law enforcement officer and the felony bench warrant.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at rollikainen@peninsuladailynews.com.

Last modified: May 15. 2014 7:14PM
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