Chase ends with tasering


WALLA WALLA - A high-speed chase that involved three men fleeing from the sheriff ended with two suspects tasered and all three arrested.

According to a Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office report, Sheriff John Turner noticed a vehicle approaching his unmarked vehicle at a high rate of speed while driving north on the 300 block of South Second Avenue at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

Turner reported the vehicle passed him doing about 80-85 mph, at which point he activated his lights and siren.

A high speed chase ensued, with the suspects' vehicle turning east on Poplar Street, south on Colville Street and then stopping in a parking lot on Birch and Catherine streets.

Because of the reckless driving and attempt to elude officers, a high-risk stop was made, and backup was provided by two Walla Walla Police officers.

According to the sheriff's report, the driver, Sammy Aguilar Deleon, 42, of Walla Walla exited his vehicle and then failed to raise his hands and lower to the ground as directed by officers.

At the same time, the rear passenger, Antonio Deleon, 45, of Walla Walla exited the vehicle after being told to stay inside and also failed to raise his hands and lower to the ground when instructed.

Walla Walla Police drew tasers on both suspect, who continued to disregard the officers' commands.

A second passenger, Andrew James Demaris, 36, of Walla Walla tried to exit the vehicle but was ordered to stay inside.

A sheriff's deputy then arrived at the scene for further backup, and when he saw that two suspects were noncompliant, he ordered the officers to deploy tasers, according to the report.

All three suspects were then taken into custody.

Sammy Deleon was arrested on investigation of driving under the influence, reckless driving and other violations.

Demaris was arrested on investigation of obstructing an officer and resisting arrest.

Antonio Deleon was arrested but was still awaiting booking at the Walla Walla County Jail on Saturday evening.


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