Toppenish man arrested after chase

Pursuit reached 50 mph in town

— A local man is accused of leading Yakima County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a 50 mph chase in city limits.

Michael Garza, 24, is charged with eluding, resisting arrest and possessing methamphetamine, records show.

Garza was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Sunday near the intersection of Second Street and South Wapato Road. The chase ended when he crashed his car into a street sign, records show.

He attempted to flee on foot and deputies caught him about a half-mile later, records show. Garza was finally handcuffed after struggling with deputies.

During an ensuing search, deputies found a baggy with a crystal substance that tested positive for methamphetamine, records show. It weight 8.2 grams.

The car Garza was driving was reported stolen about an hour earlier in a kidnapping and robbery, records show. That also took place in Toppenish, and Yakama Nation Police are handling that case.

Further details were not available at press time about the kidnapping and robbery.

Prior to crashing the car, Garza ran through two red lights and the vehicle spun counter-clockwise in the roadway, records show.


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