Atta Boy! Clackamas County K-9 accomplishes hat trick in 90 minutes

Sunday was a successful day for Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) K-9 Spencer, who apprehended three suspects in under 90 minutes.

Austin Kollas, 21, was one of three suspects apprehended by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Spencer within 90 minutes on Mar. 19, 2017. Photo provided by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

On Mar. 19, 2017, Spencer, a 9-year-old Dutch Shepherd who has served with CCSO for six years, started his day with Sgt. Don Boone in Clackamas, where he tracked down a man suspected of stealing a vehicle. The suspect, Austin J. Kollas, 21, a transient, was pursued by vehicle and foot near the 12000 block of SE 82nd Ave, but was captured by Spencer trying to elude capture near Winco. Kollas was lodged in Clackamas County Jail on charges of second-degree theft, eluding police and being a fugitive from another state.

Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Spencer apprehended three suspects within 90 minutes on Mar. 19, 2017. Photo provided by Clackamas County, Ore. Sheriff’s Office.

At 11:35 a.m., Timothy C. Elmore, 41, a transient, was wanted on a parole violation and was hiding from Gladstone Police officers in the area of 19575 River Rd. Elmore attempted to take refuge in a trailer, but to no avail, as Spencer found him. Elmore was lodged in Clackamas County Jail on a parole violation.

Timothy Elmore, 41, was one of three suspects apprehended by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Spencer within 90 minutes on Mar. 19, 2017. Photo provided by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

Just nine minutes later, Lonnette M. Denison, 36, of Oregon City, who was wanted for warrants for a variety of charges, ran from a Gladstone apartment into a thick holly bush. Denison, however, proved to be no match for Spencer, who concluded his hat trick by capturing her. Denison was lodged in Clackamas County Jail on a probation violation for possession of methamphetamine.

Lonnette Denison, 36, was one of three suspects apprehended by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Spencer within 90 minutes on Mar. 19, 2017. Photo provided by Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

“It’s a rare feat for a Sheriff’s Office K9 to get that number of captures in such a short time frame,” said Sgt. Boone. Boone should know — he’s been a K9 handler for approximately 20 years. “For Spencer and I, that was a new record — three in 90 minutes.”