On April 15, 2014 at approximately 10:51 a.m., an OSP sergeant attempted to stop a 1993 Toyota Camry four-door station wagon displaying Washington license plates northbound on Highway 11 near milepost 14 for a speed violation. The driver failed to yield and sped up in excess of 100 mph attempting to elude OSP. An Athena police officer joined OSP for a short distance as the vehicle continued recklessly northbound until OSP terminated the pursuit approaching the south end of Milton-Freewater.
Entering Milton-Freewater, the OSP sergeant spotted the Toyota abandoned at approximately 11:00 a.m. in the vicinity of SE 12th Avenue and S. Main Street where it appears the driver intentionally drove into a yard behind bushes at the bottom of steps leading to a house. MFPD joined OSP searching for the driver who was identified as ANTONIO SATURNINO CONTRERAS, age 27, from Walla Walla, Washington, because he left his wallet with identification inside the car.
At approximately 12:43 p.m., a citizen reported seeing CONTRERAS in an alley about two blocks from the abandoned car. MFPD and OSP officers took CONTRERAS into custody following a brief foot chase.
Subsequent investigation determined the car was reported stolen April 14 to Walla Walla, Washington Police Department.
CONTRERAS, who was wanted on a warrant out of Walla Walla for Possession of a Stolen Vehicle, was lodged in Umatilla County Jail on the following charges:
* Fugitive from Justice (warrant)
* Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
* Misdemeanor Attempt to Elude on Foot
* Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
* Reckless Driving
* Recklessly Endangering Another Person
* Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance - Methamphetamine
* Misdemeanor Driving While Revoked