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Sheriff: Springfield K9 catches suspect after car chase, foot pursuit

A driver sped away from police before jumping from his car and running away on foot Monday night. A police dog caught up with the suspect as he attempted to enter an apartment complex. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. - A driver sped away from police before jumping from his car and running away on foot Monday night.

A police dog caught up with the suspect as he attempted to enter an apartment complex.

The situation started around 8:45 p.m. when Lane County Sheriff deputies attempted to stop a car near 44th Avenue and Jasper Road in Springfield.

The driver sped off.

Deputies gave chase, but terminated the chase on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Kinsrow Avenue in Eugene.

They caught up to the car near Autzen Stadium. The driver had bailed out and ran off on foot, the sheriff's office said.

A Springfield K-9 unit caught up with the suspect as he attempted to enter the Chase Village Apartments.

The suspect, identified as 32-year-old Hector Benitez of Eugene, faces charges of eluding police, reckless driving and possession of meth.

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