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Pursuit reaches 150 mph on U.S. 395

Portland man arrested after crash

HATTON — A Portland, Ore., man was arrested shortly after noon Sunday, Feb. 4, after leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase in excess of 150 mph.

Issac D. Burks Jr., 33, of Portland, Ore., was arrested near the intersection of U.S. Highway 395 and state Highway 26 at about 12:20 p.m. after crashing his vehicle, records show. He was booked into the Franklin County Jail.

Burks is facing possible charges of felony eluding, driving while under the influence and two counts of hit-and-run, records show.

According to the Adams County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington State Patrol notified deputies of a vehicle traveling at about 150 mph toward the Tri-Cities from the Interstate 90 interchange. The vehicle was described as a black BMW without license plates.

Deputies staged along southbound U.S. Highway 395 and spotted a matching vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed, records show. Deputies pursued.

Near the state Highway 26 interchange, the BMW hit at least two southbound vehicles and then a guardrail, records show. The driver, later identified as Burks, attempted to flee on foot, but surrendered before a K-9 unit arrived.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

“We would like to thank Washington State Patrol, Connell Police Department and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office for assisting with this incident,” Sheriff Dale Wagner said on social media.

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