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Oregon suspects linked to crimes in Vancouver

By , Columbian Editor

Two men under arrest in Tigard, Ore., are also suspects in crimes in Vancouver, according to Tigard police.

Zachary Thomas, 27, and Dylan Hardy, 22, were arrested early Saturday after a short pursuit that ended in a crash.

Just after midnight, witnesses reported two men tampering with cars in the 14800 block of Southwest 74th Avenue. A patrol officer saw the suspects’ Ford F-250 turn into a nearby apartment complex, ran the license plate, learned the truck was stolen and attempted a traffic stop.

The suspects rammed the F-250 into the officer’s patrol car, then drove onto a grassy area where the truck got stuck between two buildings.

The driver, believed to be Thomas, hopped fences and tried getting into a residence at one point before he was found up in a tree by K-9 Rico. The passenger was found hiding in blackberry bushes nearby, thanks to a Tigard police drone operator who found the heat signal.

Both were booked into the Washington County Jail and are also under suspicion in unspecified crimes in Vancouver.

The Tigard officer whose patrol car was rammed by the truck has minor injuries but did not require medical treatment.

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