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Lincoln County Sheriff K9 Bonni and her handler, Deputy Zach Akin, located and apprehended a man alleged to be the perpetrator of a hit and run on Yaquina Bay Bridge Saturday, July 4.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a hit and run vehicle accident near the north end of Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport. 911 callers said a maroon Chevy pickup had struck multiple vehicles and injured two juveniles and an adult. Bystanders observed a man running from one of the vehicles into nearby dense foliage.

K9 Bonni successfully tracked, located and apprehended Dylan A. Johnston, 26, of Toledo.

Johnston was transported to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital to be treated for minor injuries sustained during the K9 apprehension.

Johnston faces charges of assault, hit and run, assault on a public safety officer, possession of a concealed weapon and DUII. His bail was set at $330,000.

Newport Police Department and Oregon State Police assisted.


Justin Werner
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  1. I was the bystander (and owner of the second vehicle he hit) that saw him jump into the bushes. Bonni was awesome. The police were extremely professional and gave him ample opportunities to come out of the bushes but he wouldn’t so Bonni found him!


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