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Pooch takes a bite out of crime

PROSSER - Man's best friend lived up to the billing yesterday afternoon, as a canine with the Benton County Sheriff's office helped apprehend a suspected car thief near Prosser.

A Sheriff's deputy recognized a stolen vehicle that was being driven on District Line Road and found the vehicle and driver on a property with several open sheds. The driver was then tracked to a barn on the property.

After announcing their presence to the man, deputies waited several minutes before entering the barn with a canine unit.

The dog located the man, Michael R. Walker, who was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant for driving under the influence, as well as felony warrants out of California, Colorado and Oklahoma for vehicle theft.

The car that initially caught the Sheriff's deputy eye on District Line Road, a red 1994 Pontiac Sunfire, was found to have been stolen from Sunnyside.

Walker, 51, was transported to Kadlec Hospital for medical treatment of minor dog bite injuries. He was then booked into Benton County Jail on charges of possession of stolen property, first degree; resisting arrest and driving while license revoked.

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