Wanted Kennewick man arrested after jumping off 50 foot cliff into Yakima River
YAKIMA CO., Wash. — A 32-year-old Kennewick man was arrested Sunday after jumping off a 50 foot cliff into the Yakima River in an attempt to avoid arrest, according to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.
Officials responded to Dekker Rd. and Yakima Valley Highway around 7:00 a.m. after receiving reports of people passed out in a stopped vehicle in the middle of the road.
Deputies found a man and a woman asleep, with a toddler in the back seat, according to the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office says the 32-year-old driver had his foot on the brake, and was suspected of driving under the influence.
After waking up, the suspect led law enforcement on a chase from Granger to Zillah on I-82.
The sheriff’s office says the pursuit was terminated after the driver drove the wrong way on I-82, but was picked up a short time later.
The suspect stopped in a residential driveway and ran towards the Yakima River, according to the sheriff’s office.
Officials say the 32-year-old suspect jumped off a 50 foot cliff into the Yakima River to avoid arrest.
Deputies, along with the help of a Fish and Wildlife boat, were able to take the wanted suspect into custody.
The 32-year-old from Kennewick was booked into jail for reckless endangerment, eluding, and first degree assault.
The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office says the toddler and female passenger were not injured.
RECENT HEADLINES FROM KAPP-KVEW STAFF
- 2 injured while containing fire east of Kittitas; long power outage expected
- Red Cross officials give safety tips to beat the heat
- Benton PUD shares tips to keep cool, lower energy bill
COPYRIGHT 2021 BY YAKTRINEWS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. THIS MATERIAL MAY NOT BE PUBLISHED, BROADCAST, REWRITTEN OR REDISTRIBUTED.