Man charged in connection with chase

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WALLA WALLA - A man who led police on a high-speed chase earlier this month was formally charged Friday.

Alejandro A. Ureno, 30, was charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court with felony attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.

Ureno, whom officials previously identified as Alejandro A. Ureno Alvarez, also was charged with with delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, as well as two counts of possessing of stolen property and possession of methamphetamine in connection with an earlier police investigation. He remained held in the Walla Walla County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.

According to charging documents, the late afternoon chase on Dec. 8 led police on a pursuit which led from the west end of Walla Walla into Milton-Freewater while driving a reportedly-stolen Jeep.

As he fled toward Milton-Freewater on Highway 11, officers said Ureno passed vehicles on the left and right, nearly struck the rear of another vehicle and crossed into oncoming traffic, forcing vehicles to swerve in order to avoid being hit. Once in the city, a female passenger jumped out but Ureno was able to get away in the Jeep, which was later recovered.

The woman with Ureno was questioned by police and later released pending possible charges in Oregon.

Ureno was arrested Wednesday night after Walla Walla police stopped a vehicle he was riding in at Palouse and Main streets. At the time of his arrest, police said Ureno was allegedly in possession of 25 hydrocodone pills and, at an earlier date, had delivered another 20 hydromorphone pills to a police informant during a controlled buy.

According to booking documents, Ureno is a resident of Weston.

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