During the early hours of Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, at approximately 1:50 a.m., a Douglas County deputy was on routine patrol in East Wenatchee near the intersection of Sunset Highway and US 2, when he observed a silver 2009 Ford Taurus traveling at a very high rate of speed. The deputy caught up with the vehicle on the Eastmont extension and paced it at 75 mph in a 40 mph zone.
“The deputy gave chase with his emergency equipment on and followed the vehicle up a dead end road,” Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal reported. “The suspect vehicle turned around to come back the way he came and nearly hit the deputy. The suspect vehicle then turned from Eastmont onto Baker and collided with a guard rail.”
The deputy saw multiple suspects exit the vehicle, jump the guard rail, and flee on foot. One juvenile male suspect was found hiding in some bushes near a private residence. He was arrested without incident and booked at the Chelan County Juvenile Detention Center.
The vehicle was found to have been stolen from Entiat several hours earlier.
Later on Sunday at approximately 1 p.m., the driver of the stolen vehicle turned himself in at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. He was also booked at the Chelan County Juvenile Detention Center.
Sheriff Gjesdal reported that the suspect driver was a 16-year-old male. There were three passengers that included a 14-year-old male and two 15-year-old males. All were from East Wenatchee.
The case is currently still under investigation.
(By Christine Eagar)