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Police dog chases down man fleeing from police

SPRINGFIELD - A police dog helped apprehend a driver who sped away from officers early Friday, hitting a parked car, mailbox and stone retaining wall in the process.

Officers tried to stop the car, which had an allegedly stolen license plate, at about 1 a.m. in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 1900 block of Fifth Street. The driver sped off and turned onto a cul-de-sac on Lawnridge Avenue. There, he hit the parked car, police said. He then hit the mailbox, knocking it into the street. Next, he crashed into the stone wall, damaging both the wall and the Toyota Camry he was driving, police said.

The man ran from the car, prompting officers to send a police dog after him. He kicked the dog, which bit the back of his leg and his groin, police said. The man, identified as Armad Deandre Scott, 33, and described as a transient, was treated at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center for the bites and minor injuries from the crash. He was being held in the Lane County Jail on multiple charges, including reckless driving, resisting arrest, hit and run, and interfering with a police animal.

Driver cited in summer wreck that killed infant

A driver involved in an August wreck that killed a 5-week-old baby on Delta Highway in Eugene has been cited for careless driving, Eugene police said.

The investigation by the police crash team and the Lane County District Attorney's Office determined that Renaldo Rodriguez Feregrino, 23, of Eugene, drove carelessly on Aug. 31, when his pickup truck was involved in the four-car crash on northbound Delta Highway near Goodpasture Island Road.

The crash killed 5-week-old Orion Smith of Cottage Grove and injured his parents.

Meeting set to officially rescind parkway project

The Oregon Transportation Commission will preside over the final dismantling of the West Eugene Parkway project on Wednesday in Salem.

Commissioners are scheduled to remove the project from the 2006-2009 state transportation master plan.

The parkway was studied by engineers and debated by residents for 25 years. It was to run 5.8 miles from Highway 99 near west Sixth and Seventh avenues through west Eugene and beyond the city limits to Highway 126, west of Green Hill Road.

But many Eugene residents objected, arguing the environmental damage to federal wetlands would be too great. The project was killed last July.

Transportation commissioners also will decide next week how to divvy up $11.7 million that it had earmarked to start building the $169 million project.

The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, in Room 122 of the Transportation Building, 355 Capitol St. N.E., Salem.

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