Sunnyside cops led on high speed pursuit

Sunnyside police last night (Tuesday) were led on a pursuit just after 9 p.m. that started in the 400 block of Cemetery Road.

Officials said a traffic stop was attempted for a minor equipment violation, but the driver, identified as a 15-year-old male from Grandview, failed to stop the vehicle.

The vehicle, a 2003 Suzuki Aero, traveled northbound on Cemetery Road to Van Belle Road, said officials. The driver turned westbound to Scoon Road and led police to Independence Road before turning onto SR-241.

Police say speeds reached were in excess of 100 miles per hour and the pursuit lasted approximately eight miles.

The suspect finally stopped the vehicle at milepost 15 on SR-241, according to the Sunnyside Police Department.

The driver and two occupants were taken into custody at the scene.

Officers said a small amount of marijuana and a marijuana pipe were recovered from the vehicle and further investigation led to the discovery that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Grandview.

Pending charges against the 15-year-old driver include theft of a motor vehicle, eluding and driving with a license suspended second degree.

A 17-year-old passenger is in custody for a requested charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, and Antonio DeJesus Magana, 24, of Grandview is being held on a requested charge of possession of marijuana. Both passengers are also from Grandview.

Assisting Sunnyside police with the pursuit were members of the Yakima County Sheriff's Office.

Police have also since yesterday investigated a burglary and two thefts.

Items stolen in a burglary at a business in the 2000 block of East Yakima Valley Highway were not detailed.

The thefts reported were in the 1100 block of South Sixth Street and the 1800 block of East Edison Avenue. Police did not disclose the details of what was stolen in either incident.

Officers have also responded to three automatic alarms, an animal complaint, a report of a controlled substance problem, a report of fraudulent activity, two malicious mischief incidents, a juvenile problem, a runaway juvenile report, four suspicious activity calls, a report of threats, five traffic stops and a traffic accident.

Police, too, served four arrest warrants and fielded three informational calls.


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