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Deputies claim man was throwing drugs out his BMW window during a Benton City chase

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A 50-year-old North Dakota man landed in jail after a low-speed chase ended with spike strips near Benton City on Monday night.

A West Richland police officer saw the man make a U-turn without using his blinker around 9:30 p.m. in a newer BMW.

When the officer signaled him to stop, the man kept driving, said West Richland police Sgt. Dewayne Olsen.

The chase never went above the speed limit, police said. Along the way, the driver allegedly dumped several bags out of the car, which officers believe were drugs, though the bags were never found.

A Benton County deputy set up spike strips near the intersection of Highway 224 and Kennedy Road, near Benton City. The driver stopped at a Department of Transportation park-and-ride lot behind the Desert Food Mart.

The man was booked for failing to obey a police officer.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.

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