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Vehicle left running is stolen, crashes in Kennewick canal

KENNEWICK — Another vehicle left running unattended was stolen Friday morning and later crashed after the driver was chased by police.

Kennewick police officers were called around 7:45 a.m. after Jonathan Colvin, 35, reported his Chevy Tahoe was swiped from his home in the 2200 block of South Keller Street, Officer Tony Valdez said.

Colvin said he was warming up his SUV and left it unlocked, Valdez said.

At 8:40 a.m., the SUV was spotted in the area of South Union Street near Southridge High and was headed along a canal bank access road north of Sun Meadows Home Park, Valdez said.

The speeding SUV was seen crossing Union Street and wouldn't stop when officers got behind it. The driver then lost control on a gravel road, ran over a dirt hill and became airborne before crashing into the empty canal, Valdez said.

The driver, a 15-year-old Kennewick boy, and the passenger, a 14-year-old Kennewick girl, got out unhurt, he said.

The boy ran down the canal bank and a police dog was not able to find him, Valdez said. The girl was arrested and released to her mother.

An extra set of keys found inside the SUV belonged to a Pontiac van that was stolen Thursday morning while warming up. The van was found on Thompson Hill, Valdez said.

The 15-year-old boy was arrested about 11:30 a.m. walking in the area of Fourth Avenue and Olympia Street. He was booked into the juvenile detention center on suspicion of auto theft.

The SUV owner was cited for leaving a vehicle running unattended.

"We would like to remind the public that Kennewick Municipal Code states that a car must be locked if the keys are in the ignition, the car is unattended and in your driveway or private property," Valdez said. "If your car is parked on the street, then there is never a time in which you can leave it running unattended."

Pasco police had a similar incident Wednesday where two suspects led them on a chase after they stole a Chevy truck left running outside a convenience store.

The truck ended up crashing into a Pasco home and parked Ford Expedition -- no one was hurt -- and one man was arrested.

Pasco man caught after crashing car near river

PASCO — A 19-year-old Pasco man trying to avoid arrest during a traffic stop got caught when his car got stuck near the Snake River shoreline, authorities said.

Franklin County sheriff's deputies tried to pull over a car driven by Victor A. Paniagua around 11 p.m. Thursday on the Pasco-Kahlotus Highway.

Paniagua reportedly wouldn't stop and led deputies on a chase that ended near the Snake River, sheriff's officials said.

He was arrested and booked into the Franklin County jail on suspicion of eluding police and driving with a suspended license.

His teenage passenger was identified as a runaway and released to his parents.

Walla Walla police report another incident of luring kids

WALLA WALLA — Another possible luring incident was reported by two students in Walla Walla.

Green Park Elementary Principal Mike Lambert said the girls reported they were approached by a man while they were walking home from school Thursday on Division Street, officials said.

The man asked the girls if they wanted a ride, and they declined.

The man then pulled up to another group of students and asked them if they wanted a ride.

The students also refused and ran away.

The man then made what students described as a "wolf call," school officials said.

Students described the man as having dark hair and being in his 20s. He was driving an older blue or green two-door car with a broken right taillight, officials said.

All Walla Walla elementary students received letters Friday alerting parents about the incident and school staff reviewed "stranger danger" procedures with the kids.

This is the second possible luring incident reported in a week.

On Tuesday, two students at Sharpstein Elementary said they were approached by a man in a green car while walking home from school Jan. 14.

The man asked them if they wanted a ride, then drove away after they said no.

Man arrested for DUI after stumbling into Kennewick store

KENNEWICK — A 22-year-old Kennewick man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after a witness saw him pull into a convenience store Friday morning and stumble inside, police said.

Officers were called at 8 a.m. to the Gas Max, 1400 W. Fourth Ave., about two intoxicated men inside the store, said Kennewick police Officer Tony Valdez.

The men arrived in a maroon van, then left before officers arrived, he said.

Officers found the van driving on Fourth Avenue toward Vancouver Street and the driver, Jarrod Bowles, was reportedly intoxicated and hallucinating from some type of drug, Valdez said.

Bowles was arrested and taken to the Benton County jail on suspicion of DUI and possessing drug paraphernalia.

The passenger, Hatsada Nanthavongsa, 34, of Kennewick, was found slumped over in the van, Valdez said. He was taken to Kennewick General Hospital to be treated for alcohol consumption, then jailed on five outstanding felony warrants.

Non-emergency calls not working in Prosser

PROSSER — A phone outage Friday affected Prosser residents trying to call the nonemergency dispatch line, officials said.

Calls to 911 from Prosser are not affected, said Sara Schwartz, Benton County Emergency Services spokeswoman.

Prosser residents trying to call 786-2112 instead should call 509-628-0333 if they need to make a non-emergency call. It will be a long-distance call.

The outage only appears to affect nonemergency calls between Prosser and the dispatch center in Richland, which answers calls for the Prosser area.

It was not known when the problem would be fixed, Schwartz said.

* Paula Horton: 509-582-1556; phorton@tricityherald.com

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