WALLA WALLA -- Formal charges have been filed in Superior Court against a man who allegedly led officers on a chase along city streets Tuesday and then subjected them to an hours-long standoff at an unoccupied house he broke into at Second Avenue and Maple Street.
Christopher S. Robling, 30, of Nampa, Idaho, was charged Wednesday afternoon with eight felonies: attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, first-degree possessing stolen property, residential burglary, first-degree malicious mischief and three counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm because he reportedly has a felony record.
Officials said the chase began shortly after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday following a report that Robling was changing license plates on a pickup in the 600 block of Newell Street.
He sped away from officers and traveled through intersections at high speed before stranding the vehicle in Garrison Creek at the end of Bryant Avenue, according to a police report filed in court.
Robling's passenger -- his girlfriend, Stacy E. Barrett, 24, also of Nampa -- was apprehended at the scene and later booked into the County Jail.
But officials said Robling fled and ran to the backyard of 803 S. Second Ave. where he broke into the basement of the residence. He then allegedly held officers at bay for about 31/2 hours, during which area streets were barricaded, the Emergency Services Unit was activated and officers used a bullhorn to urge him to give himself up.
He was arrested about 4:20 p.m. after reportedly running from the rear of the residence. Bail later was set at $100,000.
Officials said the license plates Robling installed on the vehicle were stolen in La Grande, and the pickup and numerous items inside had been stolen from Caldwell, Idaho. The vehicle also contained stolen guns and ammunition, however Robling wasn't armed when he was arrested, according to police officer Tim Bennett.
Bennett said Robling -- who has family in this area -- has spent time in a federal prison for drug-related crimes and recently was released from a jail in Idaho.
Barrett initially told police she had just met Robling earlier in the day, but later acknowledged she was his girlfriend, according to the police report. She was charged Wednesday afternoon with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and making a false or misleading statement to a public servant.
She's being held on $25,000 bail.
U-B reporter Maria Gonzalez contributed to this report. Terry McConn can be reached at email@example.com or 526-8319.