Stolen gifts recovered after high-speed chase, crash & car fire

SUNNYSIDE POLICE NEWS RELEASE -- On 12/19/12, at approximately 1100 hours Sunnyside Police Officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of 8th Street reference a suspicious vehicle. The complainant advised that there were several subjects removing items to include what looked like Christmas presents from a house. The complainant was able to give a description of the vehicle and a license plate number. Upon arrival Officers discovered that the residence had been burglarized and that several items were missing to include multiple televisions and Christmas presents. The registration on the vehicle came back to a vehicle registered to a Toppenish address.

The information was passed on to all local law enforcement in the area. While still investigating the burglary Deputy Chief Schenck observed the vehicle outside the City of Sunnyside and started following the vehicle while he called for additional officers to assist. The suspects spotted Deputy Chief Schenck following them and turned off onto a gravel road and stopped. As Deputy Schenck started to conduct a felony stop on the vehicle the suspects fled in the vehicle. Deputy Chief Schenck pursued the vehicle at speed reaching 90 MPH. The vehicle entered the City of Toppenish at which time the driver lost control of the vehicle colliding with a building. The four suspects then fled the vehicle on foot. All four suspects were located by Deputy Chief Schenk and other law enforcement officers from assisting agencies.

After colliding with the building the vehicle caught fire and was extinguished by Deputy Chief Schenk with a fire extinguisher.

The vehicle was towed to Sunnyside Police Department where a search warrant was executed on it and all the items taken in the burglary were recovered, although some were damaged by the collision and ensuing fire.