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State Police Arrest Bend Man After He Killed a Dog With His Car

Friday, April 01, 2016

 

Oregon State Police have arrested Bruce Hoover, 65, of Bend and charged him with criminal mischief, reckless driving, menacing, fail to perform duties of driver, reckless endangering, aggravated animal abuse, and fail to perform duties of a driver (property crime). He was booked at the Deschutes County Jail. 

The Incident 

The arrest and charges come after Oregon State Police received a report of a hit and run involving a dog near 65100 Gerking Market Road in Tumalo. 

According to the victim, he was on the west shoulder of Gerking Market working on his property when he observed a vehicle traveling northbound at a high rate of speed. He said as the vehicle approached, he motioned for the driver to slow down. 

The victim stated the driver accelerated and swerved directly at him, crossing into the oncoming lane of travel. The victim's dog, and adult dalmatian, was struck by the vehicle in the southbound lane of the road. 

After striking the dog, the vehicle northbound on Gerking Market at a high rate of speed. The dog died at the scene. 

Identifying the Suspect

Troopers determined the suspect vehicle was a charcoal gray 2006-2009 Mustang based on vehicle parts remaining at the scene and the description provided by the victim. 

OSP notified several media outlets and received multiple tips on the possible suspect and where he resided. On March 31, Troopers made contact with Bruce A HOOVER, age 65, of Bend, at his residence. HOOVER's vehicle had recent damage which he stated was from striking the dog.

Oregon State Police are asking any witnesses to this incident to call 503-375-3555. 

More information will be released as it becomes available. 

 

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