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K-9 officer bites wrong man after chase and search near Salem

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The Salem Police Department are calling an incident “unfortunate” after a man sleeping in a van was bitten by a K-9 officer during a search for a chase suspect Sunday.

Officers were trying to track down the driver of a White Acura who had first evaded Oregon State Patrol and then Salem PD crews before crashing the vehicle into the 76 gas station near Lancaster Drive Northeast and Silverton Road Northeast.

The driver of the vehicle took off on foot after the crash, leading the SPD to use the K-9 officers in the search.

Officials with the Salem police said their K-9 officers are trained to detect human scent, and one got a hit on a white van parked in the Unique Motorsports parking lot.

Officers told Fox 12 they tried to get that man to come out of a van for two hours. When the person inside wouldn’t come out on his own, officers ended up breaking out two windows and a K-9 bit the man in the van on the right hand.

That was when they realized he was not the suspect who ran from police.

The man told officers he pays the owner of the business to sleep in the van in the parking lot, and told them he was sleeping, only hearing police right before the dog came in.

The man was treated for the dog bite at the hospital, then taken back to his van and released, while the driver of the white Acura is still being sought by police.

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