K9 catches hit-and-run suspect

K9 Bonni, who serves with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, apprehended a hit-and-run suspect in Newport on the Fourth of July. (Courtesy photo)

At around 1:50 p.m. on the Fourth of July, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Newport Police Department and Oregon State Police responded to a hit-and-run vehicle accident near the north end of the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport. 

Multiple 911 calls were received reporting a maroon Chevrolet pickup had struck multiple vehicles in the area, injuring two juveniles and an adult. As the event unfolded, bystanders saw the driver of the pickup run from the vehicle into dense foliage nearby.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy Zach Akin and his K9 partner, Bonni, responded to the scene to help Newport police officers in located the suspect. K9 Bonni successfully tracked, located and apprehended the suspect, who was identified as Dylan A. Johnston, 26, of Toledo.

Johnston was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries sustained during the K9 apprehension.

Johnston was charged with two counts of third-degree assault, hit and run, assault on a public safety officer, possession of a concealed weapon and DUII. He was lodged in the Lincoln County Jail, with bail set at $330,000.

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