Wednesday, December 3, 2008
A quick thinking citizen who saw his own stolen vehicle in town this past Monday helped lead police to the suspect.
At 2 p.m. that day the citizen spotted the stolen Ford F-250 near Bob's Drive-Inn in Sunnyside. The owner notified police and followed the vehicle as it sped north out of the city and into the county.
Officers from the Sunnyside Police Department and the Yakima County Sheriff's Office searched for the stolen truck north of Outlook near Hudson and Fordyce roads. As police closed in on the suspect he sped off on a canal road and lost control, flipping the truck.
The suspect, later identified as James Dykes, exited the truck and was later caught by two Sunnyside policemen. Dykes resisted arrest and needed to be tased before he would comply with officer demands.
He was transported to the Sunnyside city Jail after being treated at Sunnyside Community Hospital and booked for resisting arrest and possession of a stolen vehicle.
He was also found to have arrest warrants from California, Oregon, Utah and Washington state and is known to use at least eight aliases.