Youth pleads innocent in fleeing from police officer

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WALLA WALLA -- An alleged local gang member suspected of fleeing from a vehicle into Fort Walla Walla Park last week resulting in a tense search by law enforcement pleaded innocent this morning in Superior Court to two criminal charges.

Cisco A. Gonzalez, 15, is scheduled for trial Jan. 6 in the court's Juvenile Department on one count each of obstructing a law enforcement officer and second-degree driving with a suspended or revoked license because his criminal history includes an alcohol offense.

Gonzalez was arrested Dec. 1 after a College Place police officer stopped a vehicle -- which had been driven erratically -- at the west entrance of the park shortly before 10 a.m. that day, officials said. The driver, later identified as Gonzalez, got out of the vehicle and was holding what appeared to be a handgun, according to authorities. Gonzalez then allegedly made a derogatory comment and fled south into the wooded area.

Backup law enforcement units were called and the area was surrounded. A Walla Walla police officer saw Gonzalez in the woods where he was captured about 11:10 a.m., authorities said.

Gonzalez, of 307 S.E. 19th Ave., Milton-Freewater, was taken to Walla Walla County's Juvenile Justice Center.

Officers searched for a gun, but none was found.

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