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FLIR camera on police plane helps catch Damascus hit-and-run suspect

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Image: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Image: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Image: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Image: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
David Smith, jail booking photo David Smith, jail booking photo
DAMASCUS, OR (KPTV) -

A man who crashed into road signs and a fence attempted to run away from the scene and into the woods, according to Clackamas County deputies, but he couldn't hide from a plane equipped with an infrared FLIR camera.

Deputies responded to the 13000 block of Southeast 242nd Avenue in Damascus at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday on reports of a hit-and-run crash.

They arrived to find a car that had come to a stop in a field after veering off the road. Deputies said a passenger, who was visibly intoxicated, remained in his seat in the car.

The driver, however, did not.

Deputies set up containment and requested assistance from their aviation unit, which is equipped a FLIR thermal imaging camera.

Deputies said once the plane reached the scene, it didn't take long to pick up the heat signature of the suspect.

The plane crew relayed the information to deputies on the ground, and the suspect was located and taken into custody.

David Elton Smith, 43, of Gresham, was booked in the Clackamas County Jail on the charge of hit-and-run with property damage.

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