Suspect leads police on chase

A transient who was recognized by a Sunnyside Police officer July 22 faces a possession of methamphetamine charge after leading the officer on a chase through city streets.

Just after 10 p.m. Oswaldo Manuel Herrera, 38, was recognized at a store on South 13th Street.

Officer Nathan Porter turned his vehicle around to make contact with Herrera, believing there was a warrant for Herrera’s arrest.

Court records show Herrera, indeed, had several felony warrants.

He jumped into a vehicle and Porter followed it southbound on South 13th Street, Porter noted in a narrative submitted to Yakima County Superior Court Judge Michael G. McCarthy on July 25.

The vehicle accelerated in the residential neighborhood, reaching speeds of approximately 40 mph in a 25 mph zone, Porter said.

At some point, Herrera stopped, and Porter arrested him. At the time of the arrest, Porter saw a white substance scattered on the driver’s seat and floor.

He believed it was methamphetamine, and after a Yakima County Sheriff’s Office K-9 performed an outside search of the vehicle, a warrant was obtained.

The substance was retrieved, and officers determined it was 2 grams of methamphetamine, records show.

Herrera appeared before McCarthy on July 25 during which time the judge determined there was probable cause to charge him. Herrera arraignment is set for Aug. 8.


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