Just after midnight Thursday morning, a Lincoln City police officer initiated a traffic stop for a traffic violation on a Subaru sedan in the near the “D” River Wayside State Park. The driver of the Subaru pulled into the “D” River Wayside State Park and stopped. The officer identified the driver as Jacob Sutter, 27, of Lincoln City.
The officer learned that Sutter’s driver’s license was suspended because he was wanted for burglary and stalking. As this information was being dispatched over the radio, Sutter jumped out of his vehicle, ran down to the beach and fled northbound on foot. The officer did not give immediate pursuit, but instead provided responding back-up officers with a description of Sutter as he crossed the “D” River and continued to run northbound behind the Sea Gypsy hotel. Other Lincoln City Police officers as well as a Lincoln County Sheriff’s sergeant and an Oregon State Police trooper responded to the area and set up a perimeter. A Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy brought police dog “K-9 Nix” to track down Sutter. K-9 Nix tracked Sutter’s scent for some distance before locating him hiding in thick brush about 20 feet up an embankment. Faced with a barking and snarling K-9 Nix, Sutter surrendered and soon was in the back of a patrol car enroute to the Lincoln County Jail in Newport.
Sutter was booked on charges of Eluding on Foot, Escape, Probation Violation, Driving on a Suspended License and Driving Uninsured.
Lincoln City Police expressed their thanks to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and to the Oregon State Police for their assistance with this incident along with a special thank you to Deputy Smith and K-9 Nix for their help in capturing Sutter.