High speed chase ends with tasering of Wapato man

Last Friday at approximately 8:45 a.m. the Yakima County Sheriff's Office was notified by the Washington State Patrol of a high speed pursuit in which assistance was requested.

A vehicle fled from a traffic stop on West Sunnyside Road near Outlook. A trooper attempted to stop a 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage at I-83, exit 63.

The driver of the vehicle, however, fled westbound on Yakima Valley Highway as the trooper approached the Mirage on foot.

The trooper pursued the vehicle and Granger police joined in the chase before several Yakima County sheriff's deputies became involved.

The deputies just west of Zillah deployed stop sticks, but the suspect, later identified as Victorino Martinez, 30, of Wapato, swerved around the sticks.

The suspect continued to drive at a high rate of speed as authorities pursued him. He skidded to a stop at the I-82, exit 54 onramp on Yakima Valley Highway.

The suspect exited the vehicle and led authorities on a foot pursuit, jumping a couple of fences at a private residence. Officers involved in the chase were able to catch up to Martinez and a Granger police officer deployed a Taser to bring him down.

The pursuit covered approximately 10 miles and reached speeds of approximately 100 miles per hour.

Martinez was detained and transported to the Yakima County Jail where he is being held on requested charges of attempting to elude police, driving while license suspended and ignition interlock required.

In other Yakima County Sheriff's Office news, deputies have since last Friday responded to a robbery, three thefts, a burglary, three domestic violence incidents and three accident calls.

Those calls included three masked men, according to a caller in the 2600 block of Sheller Road near Sunnyside, using firearms to rob Estudillo's Food Store just after 7:30 p.m. Friday. The suspects, said the caller, took money from the clerk and ran around the building. The three men were described as wearing sunglasses and long sleeved shirts, as well as gloves.


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