High-speed chase ends in local feed lot

Police pursue suspect at speeds up to 90 mph

Sunnyside police officers escort a hand-cuffed suspect to an awaiting patrol car this morning.

Photo by Laura Gjovaag
Sunnyside police officers escort a hand-cuffed suspect to an awaiting patrol car this morning.

A motorist who led local police on a high-speed chase through the city this morning is now in jail in Benton County awaiting charges for eluding and domestic violence.

Leo Luther, 26, was arrested after his van was stopped at the former Monson Feed Lot on Yakima Valley Highway.

Luther was handcuffed and detained in a police car while waiting for a Benton County Sheriff’s Office unit to arrive.

According to police, the chase began in Benton County after officers attempted an arrest on a felony domestic violence warrant.

The chase went through Grandview, where police used a spike strip to try to halt the vehicle, police said.

Luther, however, continued on Wine Country Road into Sunnyside. Police said speeds reached 90 mph.

Once the suspect reached Sunnyside, three local patrol cars joined the chase. Two Grandview police cars were already in pursuit.

The chase continued through the city on Yakima Valley Highway until Luther stopped at the feed lot and fled on foot.

Four police officers chased him on foot, apprehending him in the middle of an empty field. Grandview Sgt. Kevin Glassnapp said Luther repeatedly asked police to shoot him.

After the arrest, deputies from Yakima and Benton counties’ sheriff’s offices arrived. Luther is being held without bail.

The pursuit is the second one starting in Benton County that ended in the Lower Valley in two days, according to Glassnapp.

"We've been cleaning up after Benton County," he said.


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