Pasco K-9 unit tracks Kennewick man who ran from Richland police

By Paula Horton, Tri-City HeraldDecember 11, 2012 

A Kennewick man who tried to run from police couldn't get away from a K-9 unit that sniffed him out of his hiding spot under a tree at the Columbia Point Marina.

Richland police tried to stop a vehicle driven by Dexter E. Wallace, 25, at 3:40 a.m. Sunday after officers saw he had a brake light out, authorities said.

Wallace refused to stop and sped off toward the marina. He then got out of the car and ran onto Columbia Point, police said.

Officers talked to others in the car and then learned that Wallace had a suspended license and several warrants out for his arrest.

Benton County sheriff's deputies responded to help surround the area while a Pasco police dog unit was called out to track Wallace.

He eventually was found under a tree near the Columbia River, police said.

Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and stolen goods linked to a Kennewick burglary were found inside the car Wallace was driving, authorities said.

Wallace was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of eluding police, driving with a suspended license, possessing meth, possessing stolen property and warrants.

Richland police are investigating whether the car was stolen.

Kennewick man ID'd as driver who hit building

A 39-year-old Kennewick man has been identified as the driver of a car that slammed into a Kennewick building Sunday afternoon.

Christopher Reidt is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol at the time of the wreck, said Kennewick police Cpl. Glenn Ball. Speed also is believed to be a factor.

Reidt ran away from the car after he went off the road and hit a shop building at 3514 W. Sherman St. in the Southridge area.

Officers, however, followed a trail of blood and then learned from dispatchers that Reidt was trying to report that his car was stolen, Ball said.

No one was in the building, but Reidt left a passenger behind in the car. Adam Sommer, 28, of Kennewick, suffered what appeared to be minor injuries, but he refused treatment, authorities said.

When Reidt was found, he was taken to Kennewick General Hospital to be treated for injuries from the crash.

Condition of Pasco man hit on highway improving

A Pasco man hit on the highway while running from Richland police is improving at a Seattle hospital.

Adalberto Barragan, 20, is now in satisfactory condition at Harborview Medical Center, a nursing supervisor said Monday.

Barragan was critically injured Dec. 4 when he was hit by a car he ran across the westbound lanes of Highway 240 near the Columbia Center Boulevard exit.

It was dark and rainy out at the time of the 4:45 a.m. incident and visibility was limited, Washington State Patrol troopers have said.

Barragan ended up going partially through the windshield of a Toyota sedan, driven by Colton Jones, 19, of Pasco. Jones suffered minor injuries in the wreck.

Richland duo arrested after pot found in car

Two Richland residents were arrested after an Oregon State Police trooper found about 10 pounds of marijuana hidden in a rented car they were driving.

The duo were stopped around 2:40 p.m. Sunday on Highway 97 near Klamath Falls for an unspecified traffic violation, authorities said.

They were in a rented 2012 Ford Fusion with California license plates. The pot, valued at $20,000, was found concealed in the trunk, officials said.

Bonnie Gay Clark, 39, and Richard Michael Butherus, 30, were cited for suspicion of possession and distribution of marijuana and ordered to appear in Klamath County Circuit Court.

Man sought for allegedly making death threats

Kennewick police and Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers are looking for a man who's allegedly made repeated death threats against his wife.

Jose Luis Aguirre, 40, is 5-foot-7, 150 pounds with black hair, brown eyes and a scar on his left leg.

He has used the aliases Saul Flores Aguirre and Jose De Jesus Zarate-Ortiz. He was last known to be living in Pasco.

Aguirre is wanted in connection with a Nov. 22 incident when he allegedly made multiple threats against his wife, who lives in Kennewick.

Authorities say he should be considered armed and dangerous. Aguirre is being sought on suspicion of felony harassment-threats to kill, first-degree burglary and assault. He also is wanted by Immigration, Customs and Enforcement for illegal re-entry into the country.

Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in a felony arrest.

Anyone with information about Aguirre's whereabouts can call 586-8477 or visit www.tricitiescrimestoppers. org. Tips can also be sent by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).

All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.

-- Paula Horton: 582-1556;

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