Woman steals car, then leads police on chase

Meth allegedly found in car after it crashed

— A Prosser woman and her passenger made their first appearance in Yakima County Superior Court on Friday after allegedly stealing a vehicle and leading law enforcement on a chase.

Maria Celia Espinoza Camacho, 22, of Prosser was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle, attempting to elude pursuing marked police vehicle and possession of a controlled substance.

Her passenger, Jenrri Barocio Gonzalez, 26, of Zillah, was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle.

Court records show a Granger police officer responding to a reported vehicle prowl at 2:05 a.m. Thursday spotted a vehicle driven by a woman later identified as Espinoza Camacho leaving the area without its headlights on, court records show. When the officer activated his lights and siren, the woman driver fled.

The driver lost the office in the East Zillah Drive area, records show.

A few minutes later, a Yakima County Sheriff’s Office deputy located the vehicle, which crashed at the intersection of Gurley and Thacker roads, records show. The driver and passenger had switched seats.

Both Espinoza Camacho and Gonzalez were arrested, records show.

A search of the vehicle turned up a crystal substance that later tested positive as methamphetamine.

Espinoza Camacho, after being read her Miranda rights, refused to talk to the officers, court records show.

The two defendants were booked into the county jail.


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