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By Roger Harnack
Franklin Connection 

Teenager arrested after leading police on chase

Revolver found in stolen vehicle


Last updated 7/28/2020 at 3:52pm

A body camera image captures the action as Pasco police wrap up pursuit of a teenage driver in a stolen Blazer.

PASCO - Two teenagers led police on a pursuit through the city early this morning after being caught with a stolen vehicle.

Officer Andy Taylor spotted a white Chevrolet Blazer being driven erratically shortly after midnight this morning, Tuesday, July 28, a report shows. When he attempted to stop the SUV, the teenage driver and his passenger sped off.

The 15-year-old driver, whose name has not yet been released, led police through the streets of the city, driving on 14th, Clark, 10th, 9th, Peral and Court streets, before taking U.S. Highway 395 north to Interstate 182, a report shows.

The teenage driver took the Road 68 exit, initially heading south then east on Chapel Hill, before looping back onto Road 68 and to Interstate 182, this time east toward the Blue Bridge, the report said, noting two more officers joined the pursuit.

The Washington State Patrol was waiting at the bridge with spike-strips deployed, the report said, noting two of the Blazer's tires were punctured.

Officer Joe Mullen, who was in the lead pursuit car at this point, also punctured two tires on his patrol car, the patrol said.

The driver abruptly stopped the Blazer and officer Taylor used his SUV to pin the driver door shut, the report said, noting the chase had concluded on the Kennewick side of the bridge at about 1 a.m.

Police arrested the driver and booked him into juvenile detention on charges of eluding and possession of a stolen vehicle, the report said. The 16-year-old passenger was released to his parents.

A subsequent search of the vehicle located a Taurus .357 revolver, with one round fired, the report said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to email officerTaylor at [email protected]; reference case No. 20-21568 .

Author Bio

Roger Harnack, Publisher

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Roger Harnack is the co-owner/publisher of Free Press Publishing. Having grown up Benton City, Roger is an award-winning journalist, photographer, editor and publisher. He's one of only two editorial/commentary writers from Washington state to ever receive the international Golden Quill. Roger is dedicated to the preservation of local media, and the voice it retains for Eastern Washington.


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