Bail was set at $50,000 Friday for a Prosser man who Yakima County sheriff’s deputies say shot at an SUV his wife and another man were in during a high-speed chase of several miles.
Craig Phillip Wiles, 34, is being held in the Yakima County jail on suspicion of first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a firearm.
The suspect’s wife told authorities that she and another man were sitting in a Chevrolet Suburban around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at a secluded parking area near Midvale and McGee roads in the Mabton area, according to a probable cause affidavit.
They left after her husband spotted them, she said, and he chased after them in his Ford pickup north on Highway 241, the affidavit said.
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During the chase, with speeds reaching up to 80 mph, the woman said her husband tried to force the Suburban off the road, and she heard two gunshots as they passed Stover Road, the affidavit said.
A 911 operator told the woman to head toward the Sunnyside police station, and Sunnyside officers stopped the pickup as it pursued the SUV in the 1000 block of North Avenue, the affidavit said.
Because the shots were fired in unincorporated Yakima County, the case was turned over to sheriff’s deputies.
Deputies reported that a loaded Glock pistol was found in the truck. Wiles has a first-degree felony theft conviction out of Benton County in 2001 and is prohibited from having a gun, according to the affidavit.