Suspect still at large after leading police on a high-speed chase in Benton County
BENTON COUNTY, Wash. — A police pursuit reaches speeds of up to 100 miles per hour in Benton County early Tuesday morning.
The Pasco Police Department says that a patrolling officer saw a vehicle driving erratically through the Road 68 Walmart Parking lot just before 3 a.m. They say that officer was almost hit before being able to make a traffic stop.
During the traffic stop, the suspect handed over his license, revealing his identity as 32-year-old Antonio De Jesus Martinez. Pasco police say his license was suspended, and that he had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.
At that time, about 3:05 a.m., Martinez fled the traffic stop, heading south on Road 68 and igniting a police chase.
Police say that Martinez was swerving in opposite lanes while driving at high speeds.
Once Martinez reached Kennewick, an officer reportedly used a PIT maneuver near Washington and Columbia Drive to try stop the suspect, but the officer said the suspect “rammed his car and took off”, and stated that the suspect’s vehicle was “too fast”.
The high speed chase was ultimately called off at 3:17 a.m. for safety reasons.
According to his license, Martinez is 5’6” and weighs 175 pounds. He was driving a Cadillac CTS with Washington license AAP9192.
Anyone with information on the chase suspect should contact the Pasco Police Department right away.