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Marion Co. K-9 tracks down car theft suspect hiding after crash

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Sr. Deputy Jerry Wollenschlaeger and his K-9 named Yo Sr. Deputy Jerry Wollenschlaeger and his K-9 named Yo
TURNER, OR (KPTV) -

A Marion County Sheriff's Office K-9 tracked down a domestic violence suspect accused of stealing a car, crashing it and then hiding in a field.

Stayton police were called just before 4:30 a.m. Thursday by a woman who said her boyfriend held her against her will in a car, drove recklessly at high speeds and then assaulted her.

The woman told police Daryl Rosenau Jr. then got out of the car and walked away.

About 30 minutes later, a homeowner on the 12000 block of West Stayton Road said a man stole his car from his driveway. The car was left running, with the keys in the ignition, to warm it up before the man left for work.

The man told police he hung onto the door as the suspect backed out the driveway and was dragged for 50 feet before he lost his grip. The man suffered scrapes and bruises but said he was OK.

He then got in another car and tried to chase down the suspect but lost him near Hunsaker Road.

The car was found crashed into a pole a short distance away by deputies near Duck Flat Road Southeast at 5:30 a.m.

Investigators immediately recognized the car as the one reported stolen. It suffered major damage, but no one was seen in the immediate area.

Sr. Deputy Jerry Wollenschlaeger and his K-9 named Yo were called to the scene. Within minutes, Yo tracked the driver to a field about a half mile from the crash site.

Deputies said they arrested Rosenau, who was trying to hide in the weeds. He was taken to the hospital for minor injuries related to the crash, but deputies said the K-9 did not make contact with him.

Rosenau is facing charges including theft, kidnapping, menacing, strangulation and reckless endangerment. He is held without bail pending a court appearance Friday afternoon.

Yo, the 62-pound Belgian Malinois, has been with the sheriff's office for seven years and has more than 500 criminal captures to his credit.

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