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Stop sticks help end high speed pursuit

A high speed chase ended this morning when the Yakima County Sheriff's Office used stop sticks that punctured two of the tires on the vehicle being pursued by the Granger Police Department.

This morning (Monday), at 2 a.m. the Granger police tried to pull over a vehicle for a routine traffic stop. After using lights and a siren the motorist still refused to stop, eventually getting onto Highway 223.

According to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, once the vehicle hit Highway 223 the pursuit started with speeds reaching up to 100 miles per hour. The vehicle being pursued by police eventually turned onto Highway 22, heading towards Toppenish.

At that point a deputy sheriff heard the pursuit coming his direction and decided to deploy stop sticks. According to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, the stop sticks were deployed near the intersection of Highway 22 and Meyers Road.

The stop sticks slowly deflated the two front tires on the suspect's vehicle. According to the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, the car went another 200 yards before it came to a stop.

The 31-year-old suspect was taken into custody after a brief scuffle. The Granger Police Department is charging him with eluding and resisting arrest.

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