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BROOKINGS, Ore. — The search for a suspected car thief came to a triumphant end after police officers in Brookings employed their K9, appropriately named "Hulk."
The incident began when troopers from California Highway Patrol (CHP) pursued the driver of a stolen vehicle over the state line and into Curry County, the Brookings Police Department (BPD). At that point BPD officers, the Curry County Sheriff's Office, and Oregon State Police stepped in to assist.
When the pursuit ended and one of the suspects ran off into the woods near Highway 101 and E Freeman Lane, BPD deployed Hulk and Officer VanZelf. The agency said that Hulk tracked the suspect through the woods, leading officers to where he was hiding in some brush near Winchuck River Road.
BPD said that the suspect received medical treatment before he was arrested for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Identity Theft and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. Officers recovered the stolen vehicle and apprehended both original suspects.