Teen arrested in Walla Walla after traffic stop in stolen car

WALLA WALLA POLICE DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE -- A 15-year-old boy was arrested after ditching a stolen vehicle Saturday night and fleeing from officers on foot. The teen was taken into custody without incident near 2nd Ave. and Highway 12 at about 9:10 p.m. Sunday evening, after being observed by the same officer he ran from the previous night.

The teen had been stopped for a traffic violation Saturday evening on Moore Street and told the officer the car wasn't his, and then ran away. The officer pursued the suspect, who eventually got away after jumping over 2 fences and was last seen in the 700 block of N. 6th Ave. The vehicle, a 1999, Subaru Legacy SW was an unreported stolen vehicle. The owner was staying at the local La Quinta, 520 N. 2nd Avenue, and was contacted by police to file the report. During the investigation, officers also discovered a vehicle prowl in the hotel parking lot, a 2006, Honda Odyssey; and another in the 1100 block of West Cherry, a 2004, Ford Expedition.

On Sunday afternoon at around 1:25, another vehicle prowl was reported; this time in the 1100 block of West Pine St. The investigating officer recovered a wallet containing identifying papers for the 15-year-old suspectto include a bus pass, school class schedule, and a juvenile citation from a previous incident. In the same wallet, the officer recovered a stolen debit card that had been taken during one of the vehicle prowls reported the previous day.

Following the boy's arrest, further evidence was recovered implicating him in the vehicle prowls. He has been lodged at the Walla Walla County Juvenile Justice Center on probable cause for Theft of a Motor Vehicle, and other felony and misdemeanor charges.