The Lane County Sheriff’s Office was called out to assist the Eugene Police Department (EPD) just before 1:00 am this morning in a search after an EPD Officer spotted a stolen vehicle. The vehicle and driver eluded police, and travelled towards a nearby field. EPD was able to locate the abandoned vehicle and began tracking the suspect from that location. Deputy Jahn and his new K9 Jack were deployed in the area of W. 1st street and Bertelson in Eugene to help with the search.
K9 Jack was able to successfully locate the suspect, 35 year old Yancy Forbing, who was hiding in a slough south of W. 11th across from Arby’s. This was Jack’s first capture since being deployed with the Lane County Sheriff’s Office earlier this year.
K9 Jack came to the Sheriff’s Office free of charge, and with some training already under his collar. Jack was previously a military K9 and has been deployed to Afghanistan.
Jack’s skill set is better suited for law enforcement, so he came to live with Deputy Jahn, and is now serving the Lane County community.
K9s assist law enforcement in searching for missing people and suspects, and are able to cover a large amount of ground in a short period of time, which can result in a life saved in the case of a missing person. In this case, it resulted in a suspect going to jail.
Forbing is presently being held in the Lane County Jail with the following charges:
unauthorized use – motor vehicle (felony)
attempted elude – police officer – vehicle (misdemeanor)
reckless driving (misdemeanor)
criminal driving – suspended/revoked (misdemeanor)