Walla Walla-area man arrested after two-state pursuit

Police say David A. Pickett fled police in Walla Walla in a stolen car and was captured in Milton-Freewater.

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A Walla Walla man has been arrested after a pursuit by police officers Tuesday that began in Walla Walla and ended in Milton-Freewater.

David A. Pickett, 35, a local transient, was booked into the Umatilla County Jail by Milton-Freewater police on suspicion of being a fugitive from another state and for a parole violation, according to the jail website.

Pickett now faces charges of possessing a stolen vehicle and eluding, according to Walla Walla police.

According to reports, the pursuit began about 2:30 p.m. in Walla Walla after a Department of Corrections officer reported seeing Pickett driving a stolen vehicle in the 600 block of South Palouse Street. The officer notified county dispatch, and followed Pickett until city police took over.

Pickett drove off at high speed as soon as patrol vehicles got behind him, according to the release.

The pursuit took officers from the area of Whitman and Howard streets south on Howard and out of Walla Walla toward Cottonwood Road. Pickett is believed to have taken gravel and dirt back roads into Oregon, eventually reaching Milton-Freewater.

Walla Walla officers reportedly slowed the pursuit because of unsafe driving conditions and lost track of Pickett in Oregon. The vehicle was found abandoned in an alley near Fifth Avenue and Willow Street in Milton-Freewater, according to the release. Pickett was found and taken into custody by Milton-Freewater police shortly after 3 p.m.

No injuries or damage was reported as a result of the chase. Pickett reportedly has been arrested more than 15 times, and has a criminal history that includes drugs and other felony violations.

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