Wednesday, February 23, 2011
GRANDVIEW - Officials got more than they bargained for, as a search of a vehicle involved in a police chase last Thursday will most likely result in additional charges.
Carlos Martinez Jr., 28, of Grandview was taken into custody after reportedly attempting to elude officers on Thursday, Feb. 17. Grandview police initially requested charges of felony eluding and felon in possession of a firearm.
The case appears to have taken a turn, though, as this morning Grandview police say detectives served a search warrant on the vehicle Martinez was driving.
In the process, detectives recovered from the vehicle a firearm, holsters, ammunition, a small amount of marijuana, weighing scales, a significant quantity of what is suspected to be crystal methamphetamine and packaging materials. The vehicle also had license plates that had been switched from another vehicle.
On top of that, officers found that the vehicle, a 1989 Honda, had been stolen from Sunnyside just days before Thursday's incident.
As for any additional charges stemming from this week's discovery, Grandview's assistant police chief, Mark Ware, says they will be determined by Yakima County prosecutors.
In Grandview police activity since yesterday, Tuesday, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of East Second Street, where traffic was halted due to a downed utility line.
Police also fielded three animal complaints.