Juvenile driver eluded police in high-speed chase near College Place

College Place

COLLEGE PLACE, Wash. — Walla Walla police had their hands full with an evasive driver who led them on a high-speed pursuit. Officers were surprised to find out that a group of juveniles was leading with way with one of them behind the wheel.

According to a press release issued on Tuesday, officers attempted to stop a pickup truck at the intersection of 13th St and Rose St around 9:50 p.m. on Saturday, May 22. On the night prior, that same vehicle failed to stop for police and fled the area at a high speed.

Officers reported that the vehicle didn’t have a license plate on the night before, but this time, it had identifiable plates. They ran the plates and discovered that this vehicle was reported stolen. Police turned their lights on and the truck fled again, leading local law enforcement into College Place.

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The vehicle was pursued into a dead-end at Maria St and Blalock Rd, where officers attempted to detain the truck driver. As officers exited their vehicle, the drive took off once again, nearly striking police officers in the process. The suspect led police further into College Place and eventually pulled into the parking lot of Andy’s Market at 1117 S College Ave.

Four people exited the vehicle including the driver — Each of whom was juveniles to the surprise of responding officers. Police took the driver, who won’t be identified due to their age, into custody without any further incident.

Charges were submitted against the juvenile driver for first-degree assault, two counts of attempt to elude a police vehicle and reckless endangerment.

Walla Walla Police were assisted by Washington State Patrol troopers, the College Place Police Department and the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office in this case.

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