Sunnyside man sought following high speed chase

Sunnyside police are looking for a Sunnyside man after he eluded officers in a high-speed vehicle chase last night.

Just after 11 p.m. Sunnyside Police Officer T.J. Orth initiated a traffic stop in the 800 block of 4th Street in Sunnyside. The vehicle, a dark blue 1990 Honda Accord, had defective brake lights.

Upon seeing the emergency lights the Honda sped away from Orth.

The chase snaked its way through Sunnyside with the suspect running stop signs and hitting speeds as fast as 80 mph on city streets.

The driver led police to Emerald Road where speeds reached 100 mph.

The suspect went over the hill and ended up on Gap Road and then turned on South Lester Road. After reaching speeds of 60 mph on a gravel canal road the driver turned onto Yakima Valley Highway and headed towards Outlook, traveling at 85 mph.

After turning southbound on Maple Grove Road the vehicle began blowing black smoke and eventually came to a stop. Two suspects then exited the vehicle. Orth caught the passenger, 30-year-old Ruben Roman. He had an outstanding felony warrant and will be charged with resisting arrest.

Police are still looking for 33-year-old Augustine Jaime Avalos. Requested charges on him are attempting to elude a pursuing marked police vehicle and driving while license suspended in the second degree.


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