Police: 16-year-old steals truck, flees from police with owner in back


A 16-year-old Ellensburg resident was arrested Saturday night after stealing a pickup and driving through town with the owner in the truck bed.

He’s been booked into the Yakima Juvenile Detention Facility on charges of vehicle theft, eluding police, kidnapping, driving under the influence and having no valid driver’s license.

A man reported his truck was stolen from the 100 block of West 3rd Avenue around 9 p.m. About 20 minutes later, the man called police saying he spotted the vehicle and jumped into the bed of the truck, trying to get the suspect to pull over.

The driver ignored the victim’s request to stop, blowing through stop signs and driving through town without slowing down. Ellensburg police spotted the victim in the 400 block of South Main Street waving frantically for help.

Officers unsuccessfully tried to stop the juvenile going north on Main Street, then west on University Way. The truck eventually got onto Interstate 90, briefly stopping on Thorpe Highway for the suspect to jump out of the truck, then continuing to drive on, Ellensburg police said.

Washington State Patrol and Kittitas County Sheriffs took over the chase. He finally stopped on I-90 and was arrested on a list of felonies.