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Car chase in Sunnyside Monday leads to arrest

After eyeing a stolen vehicle in Sunnyside yesterday, a police pursuit followed and an arrest was made.

Sunnyside police were notified last Thursday that Jose M. Fajardo, 26, had stolen a vehicle in Grandview. Police spotted the vehicle yesterday afternoon in the 400 block of McLain Avenue. Fajardo was driving and there were two other people in the car.

When police attempted to pull Fajardo over, he sped off, driving through neighborhoods on the north side of town. According to police, Fajardo then headed west on North Avenue, passing vehicles on the right, entering the oncoming travel lane and exceeding speeds of 60 miles an hour.

Once Fajardo turned on Outlook Road heading west, his speed exceeded 100 miles an hour. He and the occupants abandoned the vehicle near the intersection of 2nd Street and B Street in Outlook. With the help of residents, police arrested Fajardo, who is being charged with first degree theft by Grandview police and eluding, reckless endangerment, as well as forgery and possession of stolen property, which are previous unrelated cases.

At the time of his arrest, there was an active felony warrant from Yakima County Superior Court for delivery of a controlled substance with intent to deliver in a school zone.

Fajardo had been in custody and convicted of the charge, and after being released on furlough by the judge, failed to show up to serve his four-year sentence.

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