A police chase early Sunday morning that began in Kennewick ended in Walla Walla County with four suspected gang members arrested.
Kennewick police noticed a car with six young males in it driving slowly in the area of Hawthorne Street and East Sixth Avenue in Kennewick about 2:10 a.m. Sunday, according to police reports.
Several police cars tried to stop the car, a 1996 Nissan SUV driven by Ulises Saldana, 18, of Pasco, as it drove west on East 10th Avenue, according to police reports. But instead of stopping, Saldana ran several red lights and police saw a small handgun tossed out the window before it turned north on Garfield Street and then west on Fourth Avenue, according to police reports.
The speeding car then turned north on Vancouver Street and west onto Kennewick Avenue, before a Washington State Patrol car picked up the chase near Edison Street and Highway 240.
The car stopped suddenly before entering the highway, and a man later identified as Gustavo Rios, 20, of Kennewick, jumped out and started running, according to Kennewick police. Rios was caught by a Washington State Patrol trooper, according to police reports.
The car was stopped by the Washington State Patrol about 15 minutes after the chase started just inside Walla Walla County after crossing the Snake River bridge, according to police reports.
The five males remaining in the car were taken for questioning by Kennewick police. Rios was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a stolen firearm, and Saldana was arrested on suspicion of felony eluding a police car and an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, according to police reports.
In addition, a 16-year-old from Walla Walla was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant and a Pasco 16-year-old was arrested for a minor consuming alcohol. The other two males in the car, both age 18, were released.
All six males claimed gang ties or were known gang members, according to Kennewick police.
Canadian motorcyclist dies near Pendleton
A motorcycle rider from Chilliwack, British Columbia, died Sunday afternoon in a wreck on Highway 37 two miles north of Pendleton.
William Hallsworth, 60, was traveling north with a group of six motorcycle riders, according to the Oregon State Police.
About noon, he was riding second from the front of the group when his 2000 Moto Guzzi ran onto the lip of the asphalt edge of the roadway, according to police reports. When he tried to return to the pavement, he lost control and was thrown off the motorcycle, according to police reports.
Hallsworth, who was wearing a helmet and full riding gear, and the motorcycle came to rest in a wheat field east of the highway, according to the Oregon State Police. He was taken by ambulance to St. Anthony Hospital, where he died.
The Oregon State Police continues to investigate the cause of the accident.
Moses Lake woman hurt in crash in Benton City
A three-car crash Sunday afternoon in Benton City injured a Moses Lake woman, according to the Washington State Patrol.
Donald Platt, 57, of Kirkland, had stopped his Suburban on the eastbound shoulder of Highway 224 near the intersection of Kennedy Road at 1:05 p.m. But then he made a U-turn into the path of a Honda Civic driven westbound by Oscar Suarez-Padilla, 24, of Othello, according to the state patrol.
Suarez-Padilla hit Platt's car broadside and then hit an eastbound Buick LeSabre driven by Tara Edwards, 25, of West Richland, according to the state patrol.
The only person injured in the crash was Suarez-Padilla's passenger, Iliana Suarez, 23, of Moses Lake. The state patrol reported she was taken to a hospital by ambulance, but no further information was available.
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