YAKIMA - Victor Alfonso Mendoza, 22, of Outlook was this past Tuesday sentenced to nine months in prison after entering a guilty plea to a felony charge of second-degree assault and attempting to elude law enforcement.
On Feb. 6, Mendoza led Washington State Patrol Trooper Trevor Downey on a high-speed pursuit on SR-22.
The trooper, according to Yakima County Deputy Prosecutor Troy Clements, attempted to conduct a traffic stop.
Mendoza failed to stop for Downey and turned onto Boundary Road. The vehicle reached speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour.
A motorist was forced off the roadway when Mendoza attempted a head-on maneuver. Mendoza, a few miles later, maneuvered a U-turn and forced Downey off the roadway.
That's when Downey determined the pursuit to be too dangerous and called off the chase.
Downey obtained the license plate of the vehicle he had been pursuing and received assistance from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office in locating the owner of the suspect vehicle in Sunnyside.
Locating the vehicle's owner led to the identity of Mendoza and his brother. The brother, officials say, identified Mendoza as the driver of the vehicle.
Clements said the charge of second-degree assault is based on the use of the vehicle as a deadly weapon.
Clements said Mendoza had no prior felony convictions and there is an immigration hold on him. He may be deported to Mexico once his prison term is completed.