Police dog nabs man on the run
A 30-year-old Myrtle Creek man reportedly drove on the wrong side of the road while eluding deputies in a stolen vehicle Saturday night, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said today.
Joshua Preston was seen driving a black Honda Accord north on Carnes Road around 11:30 p.m., deputies said.
A deputy attempted to stop the car near a mobile home park in the 200 block of River Place Drive. Deputies said Preston slowly drove through the park but did not pull over. He then left the park and ran through a stop sign, deputies said. Preston reportedly continued on Carnes Road and onto Happy Valley Road, where he drove on the wrong side of the road at times.
Preston crashed into a fence on Mallard Court. He and an unidentified woman ran from the vehicle, deputies said.
Roseburg police responded with a tracking dog. Canine Helix found Preston in a backyard about one block away, Roseburg police said. Police could not find the woman.
The car was reportedly stolen out of Springfield. It had been freshly painted and its vehicle identification numbers had been removed, authorities said.
Preston was arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to elude a police officer in a vehicle, attempting to elude a police officer on foot, failure to perform the duties of a driver and a probation violation.
He was taken to Douglas County Jail, where he was held this morning in lieu of $112,500.