A 31-year-old Kennewick man led police on a high speed chase in Kennewick and Richland, but he couldn't avoid a strategic hit by a Washington State Patrol trooper that spun him out of control.
Trooper Ralph Morris was able to get close enough to the white 1992 Honda Accord as it sped down Interstate 82 and made contact with the back end of the car.
As the car spun, however, it stayed in the lanes of the highway, and there was little damage to both vehicles.
"I did it just like we practiced," Morris said of the "textbook" maneuver that ended the chase safely near Badger Road.
The pursuit started around 9:30 a.m. after a Kennewick officer spotted the car near Fourth Avenue and Kent Street, said Mike Blatman, Kennewick police spokesman.
The Honda was reported stolen Wednesday morning from in front of the owner's home at 1001 W. Fourth Ave.
Officers tried to stop the car but the driver, later identified as Roman H. Estrada, took off, leading police on a chase through Kennewick, down South Olympia Street and onto Highway 397, Blatman said.
He then eventually got onto I-82, where troopers joined the chase as Estrada sped westbound toward Dallas Road. He exited the highway, then returned to I-82 and started going east.
That's when Morris was able to get close enough to spin the vehicle and end the chase.
Estrada and two others in the car were detained. A firearm was found in the car, Blatman said.
Estrada was arrested and booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm, auto theft and attempting to elude police.
A 17-year-old Finley girl was booked into juvenile detention on a warrant and a second girl in the car was released.
Additional charges could be pending.
Crime Stoppers seek Kennewick man with 12 warrants
Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers and Benton County sheriff's deputies are searching for a Kennewick man with 12 warrants for his arrest.
Kenyon Devon Brooks, 30, is 5-foot-9, 150 pounds with black hair, brown eyes and tattoos on his neck, upper left arm, right and left arms, left hand and chest.
He was last known to be living in Kennewick and has used the aliases James Brown and Jonathon D. Perry.
Brooks is wanted on 12 warrants from Tri-City agencies, including three for not complying with court orders on original charges of residential burglary, second-degree theft and delivery of cocaine.
Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in a felony arrest.
Anyone with information about Brooks' whereabouts can call 586-8477 or visit www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips can also be sent by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).
All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.
-- Paula Horton: 582-1556; firstname.lastname@example.org