Grandview man attempts driving stolen car to court

Suspect leads police chase through alleys

— A Grandview man attempted to drive a stolen car to his Yakima County Superior Court appearance Monday.

Court records show Shaun Thomas Shawley, 38, is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, third-degree driving with a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Passenger Emmanuel Escobar, 32, also of Grandview, is charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Shawley was arrested after an officer noticed a white Honda attempting to evade police driving through alleys, court documents show.

The officer called in the license plate and discovered the vehicle was reportedly stolen. Police stopped the vehicle without incident in the 400 block of South Naches Avenue.

Shawley said he didn’t know the vehicle was stolen, and claimed a friend had loaned it to him, records show.

He also told officers he was attempting to avoid police because his license is suspended, records show.

Shawley told officers he needed to get to a court appearance and his friend told him where to find the vehicle in Mabton, records show.

Yakima County Clerk’s Office records show Shawley was charged with possession of methamphetamine in February and pleaded not guilty.

He was due in court Monday for an omnibus hearing to determine what evidence will be admissible in the trial.

Escobar was searched during the traffic stop. A bulge under his shirt turned out to be a clear case containing marijuana and methamphetamine, records show. A container in his pocket contained heroin.

Escobar claimed the drugs were for his personal use, records show.

Officers also found in Escobar’s right shoe burnt foil of a type used to burn and inhale drugs, records show.

Both men are scheduled for arraignment April 19.


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