Motorcyclist, 20, arrested in Kennewick after 3 chases

By Paula Horton, Tri-City HeraldOctober 9, 2012 

— A 20-year-old Kennewick motorcyclist who reportedly sped away from cops going 100 mph twice this weekend could not avoid arrest early Monday.

Shane Matthew Ajax tried once again Monday to avoid arrest, but he was found hiding in the back yard of a Canyon Lakes home, said Mike Blatman, Kennewick police spokesman.

Kennewick officers first spotted Ajax on Friday as he sped by going more than 100 mph on East 10th Avenue from Columbia Center Boulevard, he said.

The pursuit was called off because of the speed, but the officer relayed a partial description of the motorcycle and rider.

On Saturday, another officer spotted Ajax at the light at Fourth Avenue and Columbia Center Boulevard.

The rider reportedly looked at the officer, then sped off when the light changed, again reaching triple-digit speeds.

Another officer tried to stop the bike at 10th Avenue and Huntington Street, but Ajax did not stop, Blatman said.

The chase was called off again at 10th Avenue and Highway 395.

Around 4 a.m. Monday, another Kennewick cop saw Ajax speeding in the area of 19th Avenue and Highway 395, Blatman said.

When the motorcyclist turned into Canyon Lakes, the officer stopped chasing him.

Additional officers responded to the area, and the motorcycle was found near 3502 S. Conway Place, Blatman said.

Ajax then was found hiding in the backyard after apparently trying to ditch his helmet and backpack, he said.

The backpack, which reportedly smelled of marijuana, was seized to be searched. The motorcycle also was impounded.

Ajax was arrested and booked on suspicion of two counts of eluding police and two counts of reckless driving. Numerous infractions also were issued.

Blatman said Ajax could face additional charges depending on what's found inside the backpack.

Kennewick man alleged to have pot in vehicle, bomb in apartment

A late-night traffic stop landed a Kennewick man in jail after officers found marijuana in his car and a small bomb in his apartment, police said.

Richard Anthony Pourier, 27, was stopped Saturday by Kennewick police for driving without headlights on.

Officers smelled marijuana in the car, then went to his apartment nearby in the 1700 block of West Fourth Place and smelled marijuana there as well, said Kennewick police Sgt. Ken Lattin.

Detectives with the department's Criminal Apprehension Team then got a warrant to search Pourier's apartment, and that's when a small bomb was found inside a safe.

Officers left the apartment and called out Richland police's Bomb Squad.

Bomb technicians were able to disable the pipe bomb using mechanical means, said Richland police Capt. Mike Cobb.

Pourier was arrested and booked into the Benton County jail early Sunday on suspicion of possessing an explosive device, two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing marijuana.

Semi crashes into another trailer on Highway 221 near Paterson

A semi-truck crashed into the trailer from another semi-truck that blocked part of Highway 221 near Paterson early Monday, the Washington State Patrol said.

Evaristo C. Milanez, 65, of Prosser, was driving a 1989 Freightliner semi-truck southbound on highway from a private driveway when he lost his trailer, causing it to partially block the northbound lane, troopers said.

Vance V. Hubbard, 36, of Middleton, Idaho, was in a 2007 Volvo semi-truck that was going north on the highway and struck the trailer.

Hubbard was treated at Kennewick General Hospital. Milanez was not hurt.

Troopers said defective equipment was the cause of the 5:24 a.m. wreck.

Texas man injured when semi crashes into truck on Highway 14

A 61-year-old Texas man was hurt Monday when a semi-truck crashed into the back of his pickup on Highway 14 south of Kennewick, the Washington State Patrol said.

Eleazar Rodriguez, 61, of Maverick, Texas, was taken to Kennewick General Hospital for treatment.

Rodriguez was driving a 1992 Ford Ranger pickup, heading westbound on Highway 14, about 18 miles south of Kennewick, when he was hit by the semi-truck, troopers said.

The semi, driven by Tony Cedillo, 25, of Hermiston, also was going west on the highway.

Rodriguez slowed to make a left turn, and that's when the semi rear-ended him.

Troopers said the cause of the 11:30 a.m. wreck was Cedillo following too close in the semi.

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