Child endangerment ends Sunnyside police pursuit

Sunnyside police are looking for 24-year-old Rolando Fonseca after police said they were forced to break off a pursuit of him when it became clear he had three small children in his vehicle.

Police noticed a late model, green Lincoln Navigator speeding in the 600 block of South Sixth Street last night, Tuesday, at 11:25 p.m. When police attempted to pull the vehicle over the suspect sped off.

Police say the pursuit lasted 47 minutes and covered approximately 35 miles, all through Sunnyside and the surrounding area. The suspect vehicle reached speeds of between 40 and 50 mph.

Police said they were able to identify the driver as Fonseca, whom police say was driving with a suspended license but had no warrants. During the pursuit police received a call from a woman who told them she believed her three young children were in the vehicle with Fonseca. Police decided to abort the chase after that for the safety of the children and the public.

Police are now looking for Fonseca and have requested charges of felony eluding of a police officer at this time. Sunnyside police were assisted in the pursuit by the Yakima County Sheriff's Office, Grandview Police Department and Washington State Patrol.

Anyone with information to the whereabouts of Fonseca is asked to contact Sunnyside police at 836-6200.

Also since yesterday police have investigated two theft reports. They included a stolen identity and a shoplifter.

Police also dealt with two animal complaints, one assault, one civil problem, one controlled substance problem, four reports of disorderly conduct, two fights, one report of harassment, one report of shots fired, three suspicious people or situations, three traffic stops and two reports of vandalism.

Police also assisted two agencies, took two reports of found property and fielded one informational call.


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