A Pasco man is going away to prison for more than two years because he violated a special drug treatment sentence when he led police on a high-speed chase earlier this month.
Raymond Allen Farris, 35, received a one-year, five-month term this week for his October 2013 guilty plea to one count of second-degree trafficking stolen property.
He also pleaded guilty in Benton County Superior Court for attempting to elude police.
Judge Cameron Mitchell ordered a one-year prison term for that felony. Prosecutors said it will be served back-to-back with the trafficking case.
Farris had been sentenced a year ago to a residential Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative, which was to include four months minimum in inpatient treatment.
That was after he admitted selling two commercial pressure washers, knowing they’d been stolen from a Richland business.
Kennewick police had been called July 30, 2012, by a concerned resident of Entiat Avenue who had seen people hiding a Hotsy pressure washer under some carpet. An officer was watching the activity from the caller’s home when another neighbor notified dispatch about seeing people “attempting to load the pressure washer into a van, but it would not fit,” court documents said.
The pressure washer later was loaded on a truck and driven away.
Police got a report the following day about a burglary at American Building Maintenance. Two commercial-grade pressure washers and a trailer were missing. An extensive investigation led to Farris, who had talked about stealing the items, including with the buyer of the pressure washers, documents said.
In late October, the state Department of Corrections issued a violation report on Farris because he hadn’t been showing up for drug treatment and he’d admitted using, said Deputy Prosecutor Megan Whitmire.
Then on Nov. 5, Farris committed a new crime, which ultimately led Mitchell to revoke the special drug sentence Wednesday.
Farris sped past a Benton County sheriff’s deputy on that date. The deputy immediately turned on his patrol car’s lights and sirens and tried to stop Farris, only to later discover that Farris had been speeding away from Kennewick police, court documents said.
Farris didn’t stop for the deputy and continued to speed, eventually driving through a fence into an orchard.
Deputies and officers found his vehicle crashed and abandoned in a ravine. A Kennewick police dog located Farris hiding in tumbleweeds, documents said.
Farris’ criminal history includes burglary, malicious mischief, unlawful possession of a firearm and possessing drugs.