Suspect Captured by K9 Grimm

Roseburg Police Dept.

On Friday, June 7th, 2019 at approximately 1217 hours during a crosswalk safety enforcement event on SE Pine Street near SE Spring in Roseburg, a Roseburg Officer attempted to stop a white Dodge Neon for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.  The vehicle failed to yield and ended up driving on a dead end street at the south end of SE Cobb.  The vehicle didn't stop, but drove over a rock wall embankment, and landed in the parking lot of the Parrott House.  The driver exited the vehicle and ran from the scene toward a brushy area by the creek.

Officers quickly established a perimeter and called for the assistance of Douglas County Sheriff's Office K9 Grimm and his handler.  K9 Grimm started tracking the suspect through the brush and down the creek.  A short time later the suspect, 20 year old Marcus Burkhert, was discovered by K9 Grimm hiding in some brush.  Burkhert initially ignored commands to come out, so K9 Grimm made a biting capture of Burkhert.  Burkhert was arrested without further incident and after receiving treatment for minor wounds on his leg from the bite, he was lodged at Douglas County Corrections.

Burkhert was charged with Attempting to Elude in a Vehicle, Attempting to Elude on Foot, Reckless Driving, Failure to Perform the Duties of a Driver, and he also had several warrants for his arrest.  The vehicle was towed by Roseburg Towing.