A man was hospitalized Saturday morning after leading Thurston County Sheriff's deputies on a pursuit that ended with the man being bit by a search dog when he refused to come out of a creek where he was hiding under a gazebo.
The incident began when a sheriff's deputy saw two men allegedly stealing gas from an underground tank at a convenience store on the corner of 153rd Ave. S.E. and Vail Road at 2:07 a.m., according to Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Slease.
The men got into the truck and quickly drove off, failing to remove the hose from the tank. The hose came out of the tank as they drove and sprayed gasoline, Slease said.
The pursuit lasted five miles, ending at 119th Ave. S.E. when the deputy used a pit maneuver to stop the truck.
The driver fled after the truck was stopped. Deputies used an Olympia Police Department search dog to track the man, who was later found in a creek under a gazebo.
"He refused to come out and ended up being bitten by the Olympia police K9," Slease said.
The man was taken to Capital Medical Center for treatment, a procedure that is routine in the case of a K9 bite, Slease said.
Slease said both men will be taken to Thurston County Jail. The driver is being accused of burglary and eluding police. The passenger is being accused of burglary.
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