A suspect allegedly caused a crash while under the influence in Murrieta, then led police on a chase, crashed his vehicle and sent it down a Wildomar ravine and hid in that ravine until he was found by Maddy the Bloodhound Sunday.
Murrieta police about 5:35 p.m. were called to Washington Street and Grizzly Ridge Drive to investigate the report of a man who caused an injury crash and then drove off as the victim stood in the street, a sergeant said.
Officers headed north on Washington into Wildomar, where the suspect went off road and crashed his vehicle, sending it 100 feet down into a ravine, according to MPD Sgt. Jay Froboese.
The suspect hid in the densely wooded ravine and police surrounded the area, calling in Riverside County sheriff's deputies for backup.
Murrieta K-9 Office Travis Shows also responded, and Maddy the Bloodhound was used to track the suspect, Froboese said.
The suspect was found five minutes after Maddy began searching, the sergeant said.
Dylan Hatch, 23, is allegedly unlicensed and has two misdemeanor warrants out for his arrest, police said.
The victim suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital, Froboese said.
Booking information was not immediately available.
Editor's Note: This article has been corrected to state that the police dog used was from the Murrieta Police Department, not the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Patch apologizes for the error.