Sheriff: Coos deputy injured when suspect in stolen van rams patrol vehicle

CHARLESTON, Ore. - A suspect in a stolen van rammed a deputy's patrol vehicle, then took off running through a trailer park before being captured by a police K9 unit inside a home Saturday, the Coos County Sheriff's Office said.

The deputy suffered minor injuries in the collision, the sheriff's office said. He was treated and released from Bay Area Hospital and returned to work Monday.

The situation started when Charleston Sanitary District flagged down the deputy in the Boat Basin area to report the theft of a van.

The deputy spotted the box-style van and pursued it to the end of Shore Edge Road behind Huckleberry Hill Trailer Park, the sheriff's office said.

"The deputy was beginning the apprehension process when the box van reversed and rammed into the front of the patrol vehicle," the sheriff's office said.

The suspect then took off on foot, the sheriff's office said.

An ambulance crew took the deputy to the hospital.

Meanwhile, law enforcement from Coos Bay and Myrtle Point responded to help, including Coos Bay Police Officer Chris Krebs and K9 Dak.

Officers searched the area, to no avail.

Then a resident reported finding "a gallon of milk in an odd place" and a firearm missing from a bedroom sidetable.

Officers searched the home. K9 Dak found the suspect - later identified as 30-year-old Daniel D. Farnum - hiding in a back room, the sheriff's office said. The K9 bit Farnum during the apprehension.

Deputies found the firearm on Farnum, along with money, credit cards and personal documents from the home.

Deputies placed Farnum under arrested on charges of Burglary I, Theft I, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and two counts of Identity Theft prior to being lodged in the Coos County Jail.

The ramming of the patrol vehicle remains under investigation. Additional charges are possible, the sheriff's office said.

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