Milton-Freewater woman in vehicle ramming pleads guilty

Griselda Salinas-Garduno was accused of crashing her SUV into a vehicle operated by her ex-boyfriend.

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WALLA WALLA -- A woman accused of driving an SUV and ramming a vehicle operated by her ex-boyfriend after reportedly chasing him in the Eastgate area in September pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to a reduced charge.

Griselda Salinas-Garduno, 28, entered the guilty plea in Superior Court to the charge of reckless endangerment -- domestic violence, which is a gross misdemeanor.

By law, she faces a term of up to a year in the County Jail when she's sentenced later. But in a plea agreement, the prosecution is recommending a suspended sentence and 12 months of probation.

Salinas-Garduno initially was charged with a felony, second-degree assault -- domestic violence.

Sheriff's deputies said Salinas-Garduno was involved in a physical altercation with Samuel Sanchez Orozco at Rooks Park about 11 a.m. Sept. 22.

After the fight, Sanchez Orozco, 29, sped off in a car -- with Salinas-Garduno apparently in pursuit in the SUV -- west on Mill Creek Road and onto Isaacs Avenue, according to officials.

After driving through a grass field, Salinas-Garduno reportedly rammed the front end of the Sanchez Orozco vehicle, but no injuries were reported.

She said "she was driving fast and not able to stop before impacting (the Sanchez Orozco car)," according to a Sheriff's Office report filed in court.

Salinas-Garduno, of 206 N.W. Eighth Ave., Milton-Freewater, was booked into the County Jail. She was released on bail the following day pending further court proceedings.

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

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