Wednesday, January 5, 2005
A vehicle crashed into a fire hydrant early Wednesday morning following a pursuit by Sunnyside police officers.
Officers were following a stolen vehicle, attempting to get the driver to pull over to the side of the road, according to Capt. Phil Schenck of the Sunnyside Police Department. The pursuit ended at the intersection of South Hill and Saul roads when the vehicle, a 2004 silver Ford Taurus stolen from the 400 block of Rouse Road, crashed into a fire hydrant. No police vehicles were damaged.
The suspect fled the scene on foot and police officers were unable to locate him.
A tow truck driver from Elite Towing removed the car from the scene of the crash. According to Schenck, when the tow truck driver arrived at the impound yard to unload the car he was assaulted. Schenck said it is not known if the assailant was the driver of the stolen vehicle. The man who assaulted the tow truck driver is from the Tri-Cities, and was located nearby and transferred to Benton County Jail. He was wanted on multiple charges, including rape, said Schenck.