18-year-old cuts off Pasco officer, then makes series of poor choices, police say

Pasco eluding suspect

PASCO, Wash. – Less than two months after his 18th birthday, police say this young man is facing a “plethora” of felony and misdemeanor charges.

On Tuesday around 1:30 p.m., authorities said Robert Santana-Morales made a left turn in front of a Pasco police officer who had a green light, cutting him off.

Santana-Morales sped off, driving recklessly and running stop signs along the way, police said.

During the chase, the suspect ditched his car and ran away on foot, attempting to lose the police by trespassing through people’s yards. He left behind his jacket, which police say contained his passport and a narcotics smoking device.

Once officers caught up to Santana-Morales, they learned that he had a warrant for his arrest out of Benton County.

Santana-Morales was taken to the Franklin County Jail and booked on charges of felony eluding, possession of a controlled substance, trespassing, failing to stop for a stop sign and driving without a license.

A humorous account of what allegedly happened can be found on the Pasco Police Department’s Facebook page:

A Series of Unfortunate EventsIf you think you can turn left in front of police car when they have a green light and…

Posted by Pasco Police on Wednesday, January 8, 2020