Nine charges filed against Granger man

— A local man faces multiple charges after eluding law enforcement officers on two occasions.

Gabriel Guajardo, 32, has been charged by the Washington State Patrol for eluding, second-degree driving while license suspended, obstructing an officer, violation of a no-contact order, ignition interlock required and reckless endangerment for a May 22 incident.

The local Police Department has charged him for attempting to elude police, second-degree driving while license suspended and/or revoked and operating a motor vehicle without ignition interlock for a June 7 incident.

He was in court yesterday for a preliminary hearing.

Tuesday, a local officer was at the corner of Yakima Valley Highway and Van Belle Road when he witnessed Guajardo driving, documents said.

The officer checked his driving status, confirming Guajardo’s license was revoked, records show.

The officer pursued the vehicle Guajardo was driving. Speeds reached 90 mph on Bailey Avenue, records state.

Guajardo reached his residence and attempted to flee on foot, but another man caught him and attempted to hold him, records show.

The officer pulled out his tazer as the other man escorted Guajardo to the ground, documents show.

The Washington State Patrol charges stem from a May 22 chase, records show.

On that date, a trooper was traveling on state Highway 223 when he witnessed a vehicle approaching his patrol at a high rate of speed, records show.

The vehicle slowed quickly after noticing the patrol, but the trooper was able to check its speed with a radar, records show.

The vehicle passed the trooper and turned into Granger. The trooper attempted a traffic stop, but Guajardo did not yield, records show.

Guajardo failed to stop for a stop sign and began to accelerate, records show.

“The vehicle made an erratic left turn into a driveway off Bailey Avenue at 47 mph,” the trooper noted in court documents.

The driver, Guajardo, ran into the home at 404 Bailey Ave., and the trooper didn’t pursue him due to safety concerns, records show.

He noticed a female passenger in Guajardo’s vehicle and removed her at gunpoint, records show.

He questioned the woman and detained her, records show.

An elderly woman exited the home and spoke with a local officer, records show.

The trooper conducted a records check on Guajardo and found he was in violation of a no-contact order. The protected person was Guajardo’s female passenger, records show.

Officers did not attempt to enter the home to arrest Guajardo, deciding to allow his mother to convince him to turn himself in, records show.

The vehicle he was driving May 22 was impounded and the trooper left the home.


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