A two-county pursuit with speeds exceeding 120 mph ended with the arrest of three teens, two of them from Pasco, Wednesday, according to the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office.
The chase began in Columbia County about 2 a.m. when a deputy tried to stop a 2001 Honda Prelude on Highway 12 west of Dayton for using illegal headlights, according to Columbia County Sheriff Rocky Miller. The driver refused to stop as the deputy pursued.
Walla Walla deputies picked up the chase in Waitsburg and followed the Honda, which hit speeds in excess of 120 mph, said the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office.
Spike strips were laid out south of Dixie and punctured the two tires on the Honda. The car continued west before driving into a field. When it stopped, the three teens inside ran. Two were quickly caught and the third was found an hour later.
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The driver Geovanny Blanco, 19, of Pasco, was arrested on investigation of attempting to elude police and reckless driving.
Passenger Joey Ayala, 19, of Pasco, was arrested on an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant and investigation of obstructing an officer.
Another passenger, Haley Rae Turpin, 19, with a last known address in Sheridan, Ore., was arrested on investigation of obstructing an officer and making a false statement.
Blanco is being held in the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Ayala and Turpin were booked in the Walla Walla County Jail. Ayala was taken into Department of Corrections custody and Turpin was booked and released.