Suspects attempt to steal car near Wapato before fleeing from police, igniting chase

A car theft turned into a car chase down just south of Wapato on Tuesday night.

According to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, the victim’s car broke down and was left on the side of the road.

When the victim returned a couple of hours later, he saw the car being towed away by a silver colored Buick sedan.

The victim yelled at the suspects, and police say they stopped towing and fled the scene.

While investigating, police say the suspects once again returned to the scene because they had dropped a cell phone.

A Yakama Nation PD officer tried to stop the vehicle, while led to the car chase.

YNPD was joined by Yakima deputies and the chase went south on Highway 97 through part of Toppenish, and then got onto SR-22 and headed east towards Granger.

Speeds reached up to 80 miles per hour during the chase.

The chase eventually ended when the suspect vehicle got stuck in mud in a freshly plowed corn field off Lake Road just southeast of Granger, police said.

The driver, a 27-year-old Wapato man, attempted to flee on foot but was arrested.

Two others inside the car, a 24-year-old Wapato man and a 21-year-old Wapato woman, were also arrested.

Police say all three had warrants and were booked into the Yakima County Jail.

The driver was cited for eluding, driving on a suspended driver’s license, resisting arrest, and assault.

The 24-year-old passenger was also determined to be the suspect responsible for trying to steal the victim’s vehicle in the first place, and he will face charges of vehicle theft by Yakama Nation PD because he is a Yakama native.