Trial date moved for man in Walla Walla pursuits

Elliott W. Barnes faces charges in connection with three chases in recent months.

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WALLA WALLA -- A new trial date has been set for a man who allegedly led law enforcement officers on three vehicle pursuits in past months.

Elliott W. Barnes, 26, of 1702 Old Milton Highway, now is set for trial in Walla Walla County Superior Court starting June 14. The proceedings had been scheduled to begin this Tuesday.

Barnes is charged with a total of three counts of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and one count each of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, third-degree driving while suspended, and possession of a stolen firearm.

The latest chase occurred Feb. 8, according to authorities. Officers arrived at Barnes' residence shortly before 3 p.m. that day to serve a warrant, but he allegedly drove off heading west on the highway.

Barnes then headed south on Peppers Bridge Road while being pursued into Oregon by numerous patrol vehicles, and finally stopped on Locust Road between Winesap Road and the Old Milton Highway, officials said.

Barnes and other occupants allegedly fled from the vehicle, but Barnes was taken into custody a short time later after being located in a wood shed of a private residence.

After he was jailed, prosecutors filed additional charges against him. He's accused of leading officers on pursuits that originated in the west end of the city on Feb. 5 and last year, on July 30.

He wasn't apprehended during either of those chases. But the vehicle he allegedly was driving Feb. 5 was located and a stolen handgun was found on the floor below the driver's seat, officials said.

Barnes is a four-time convicted felon, according to a police report. He pleaded guilty in 2009 to felony eluding for leading officers on a high-speed, 18-mile chase in a stolen vehicle from Walla Walla into Oregon in February of that year. He subsequently was sentenced to just over a year in prison.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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