A 38-year-old Airway Heights man who crashed his truck in Richland early Sunday was not hurt but couldn't avoid being jailed.
Benton County sheriff's deputies responded to the collision at 1 a.m. and found a white Chevrolet pickup in a ditch near the intersection of Jericho Road and Queensgate Drive, said Deputy Joe Lusignan.
Robert L. Walker was the only person in the truck. Deputies suspected he was under the influence of drugs, and he was arrested for DUI, Lusignan said.
When they searched him, about 12 grams of methamphetamine and a marijuana pipe were found, Lusignan said.
Deputies then got a warrant and searched his truck and found $1,400 in cash, hypodermic syringes and more meth, he said.
The 12 grams of meth, abut the size of a large cherry, has a street value of about $1,200, Lusignan said.
Walker was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of DUI, possessing meth with intent to distribute and possessing drug paraphernalia.
Pasco man jailed for allegedly breaking into Kennewick homes
An 18-year-old Pasco man was arrested early Monday for allegedly breaking into south Kennewick homes earlier this year, police said.
Carlos Alfonzo Lopez is suspected of forcing his way into two house in March during the day when the homeowners were away, said Kennewick police Sgt. Ken Lattin.
The break-ins were on March 15 and March 22. Police are still investigating the residential burglaries and Lopez could face more charges, he said.
Lopez was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of two counts of residential burglary.
3 teenagers arrested after Sunnyside market broken into
Three teens were arrested early Monday after breaking into a Sunnyside market.
Sunnyside police were called at 2 a.m. to the Edison Market, 1520 E. Edison Ave., and discovered the front doors of the business had been broken out, said Sunnyside police Sgt. Joey Glossen.
The suspects stole several items from inside and ran away just before officers arrived.
Officers were later able to identify and find the teens -- two 16-year-old boys from Sunnyside and a 13-year-old boy from Toppenish, he said.
The teens had a loaded .22-caliber rifle.
The suspects are believed to be responsible for a similar burglary the night before at the same store, Glossen said.
All three were taken to the Yakima County juvenile detention center on suspicion of first-degree burglary.
Man may face drug charges after police find meth in car
A 21-year-old Benton City man arrested last week after allegedly assaulting another man with a knife may now face drugs charges after meth was found in his car, authorities said.
Alejandro Ayala was arrested Thursday by Benton County sheriff's deputies, two days after he reportedly attacked a man with a knife. Deputies were told Ayala also possibly had a gun.
Ayala was spotted in a car driving down the road and arrested without incident. Deputies then searched his car and found 11 grams of meth inside, said Deputy Joe Lusignan.
Prescription medication that was not prescribed to Ayala was also found. Deputies have forwarded their report to prosecutors to review for possible charges of possessing meth with intent to distribute and possessing a controlled substance without a prescription.
The victim suffered minor cuts, officials said.
Police investigating death of man found in car in irrigation canal
A 36-year-old Mattawa man was killed in a wreck last week when his car went off a gravel road and into an irrigation canal.
Armondo Tomas Tomas was in the 18000 block of Road 23 Southwest on Wednesday when he apparently lost control of his 1986 Honda Accord, Grant Count sheriff's officials said Monday.
Tomas' car went up an embankment and into the irrigation canal. Crews from Grant Fire District 8 and Grant County search and rescue were called to help remove the car from the canal.
When the Accord was pulled out, Tomas was found dead inside. The crash remains under investigation, officials said.
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