State Patrol chase ends in seven charges

— A man the Washington State Patrol attempted to stop in Yakima late Wednesday led a trooper on a lengthy chase through the Yakama Reservation before being arrested.

For his troubles, Jesus R. Bautista, 41, netted seven charges, according to the charging document authored by Trooper S. Berghoff for Bautista’s preliminary appearance at Yakima County Superior Court yesterday.

According to the court record, Berghoff was patrolling when he received a call for a probable DUI and description of the vehicle being sought.

Knowing the direction the maroon Buick was headed, Berghoff waited at Exit 33 on Interstate 82. The Buick took that exit, the court record shows, and Berghoff pulled in behind.

Berghoff tried to make the stop at a red light at Fair Ave. Berghoff’s emergency lights were ignored, so he used his public address system to give verbal commands.

According to the record, all of Berghoff’s efforts were ignored. The Buick drove away, into the Target parking lot and started to speed up, Berghoff said.

Berghoff activated his siren to no avail. The chase was on. The Buick, with the trooper in pursuit, went south on Fair Ave., got onto the freeway and poured on the gas.

“We reached speeds up to 100 MPH as we neared the exit ramp to south bound state route 97,” Berghoff said in the narrative.

The court document shows that three passengers in the Buick jettisoned all manner of things, from hub caps to rope to clothing, as the car went up the ramp.

The chase went south on Lateral A, along a ditchbank near Lundberg Lane, through orchards and hop yards, south on Ashue Road, through several stop signs, swerving by a Yakama Nation Police unit.

The Buick slowed to 40 MPH momentarily, and Berghoff attempted a pursuit immobilization technique and failed.

But, almost immediately, the Buick struck a wood and metal gate and came to a stop, Berghoff said.

All of the occupants fled, the court record shows, and Berghoff went after the driver. That pursuit was 100-150 yards, Berghoff reported. The driver, who turned out to be Bautista, a convicted felon, tripped and fell in a field.

The struggle continued, with Bautista ignoring commands, the record shows. Finally, he stayed on the ground. Then, as the trooper tried to cuff Bautista, he began to fight, and there was some wrestling according to the record.

According to the record, help arrived from Union Gap police and State Patrol. Bautista was subdued and arrested.

The court record shows that Bautista was placed in Yakima County Jail, charged with first-degree driving while license suspended or revoked, possession of a stolen firearm, driving a motor vehicle without ignition interlock, possession of a controlled substance, eluding, unlawful possession of a firearm and resisting arrest.


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