Yakima couple starts Benton County brush fire when police chase goes off road

They were originally suspected of burglary

BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - A pair of burglary suspects are in jail after trying to flee from multiple law enforcement agencies and starting a brush fire along the way.

Yakima residents Amber Cravens, 26, and Brandon Scott Ulrey, 34, have been charged with 1st degree burglary, 2nd degree theft, felony eluding and numerous other charges that are still pending.

They were caught on Thursday Oct. 5. The Morrow County Sheriff’s deputies got a call in the afternoon about a burglary on 4th Street in Irrigon. 

When authorities tried to contact the couple, who was allegedly driving recklessly, they fled and a three-minute chase began. Deputies called off the pursuit due to the danger it posed to the public, according to a news release. 

Just a few minutes later, Umatilla Police were called out to chase after the same vehicle.

When they got into Washington, state troopers joined the effort to arrest them. 

The two suspects made it as far as Coffin Road going down I-82 in Benton County, then drove into a dry field, causing a relatively large area to burn. 

They were finally arrested by Washington State Patrol and booked into Benton County jail. 

Benton County Fire responded to the scene quickly and put out the fire before it got out of control. 

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