KENNEWICK -- What apparently began as blown red light in Kennewick ended a few minutes later in Pasco with a flipped car on the blue bridge and the arrest of a Kennewick man.
Kennewick police said the problems started for Zenon J. Simiano, 29, when he ran a red light at Kennewick Avenue and Yelm Street at 8:20 p.m. Wednesday.
An officer tried to pull over his 1997 Jeep Cherokee but he kept going, heading toward Highway 395 and the blue bridge.
But the chase ended quickly when the Kennewick officer chose to alert officers in Pasco and the Washington State Patrol about the speeding vehicle coming over the bridge rather than continue a high-speed pursuit.
But before Simiano could get over the bridge, he rear-ended a northbound 1995 GMC Jimmy, causing the driver to lose control and flip on the bridge, blocking both lanes, the state patrol said.
Inside the overturned car were Ivan Sandoval, 20, of Sunnyside, and his passengers, Damyan Johnson, 9, and Analy Johnson, 8, both of Kennewick. All three were wearing seat belts and suffered only minor injuries.
But Simiano didn't stop to help, police said.
He continued on to Pasco, where officers found and arrested him near 28th Avenue and A Street, said Pasco Capt. Jim Raymond.
He was booked Thursday morning into the Benton County jail on investigation of felony attempting to elude an officer and 11 outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court on charges of driving while license suspended, reckless driving and bail jumping.
Bail for all the charges is $22,000.
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