Car chase leads to Walla Walla man's arrest

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WALLA WALLA -- A high-speed chase led a sheriff's deputy through wheat stubble on the north end of town in pursuit of a suspect.

At around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, a deputy clocked a burgundy Ford Mustang at 76 mph in a 50 mph zone on Lower Waitsburg Road, officials said.

When the deputy tried to pull the driver over, a chase ensued that lead down Bergevin Springs Road, Spring Valley Road and through numerous wheat stubble fields in the area.

At one point the suspect's vehicle became stuck on a steep incline of a field, and the deputy reported the suspect reversed down the grade, missing the patrol car by about 20 feet.

The deputy called off the chase because of hazardous driving conditions. But backup units discovered the suspect's vehicle shortly after in a field near Hart Road.

The suspect, Peter E. Robison, 62, of 824 S. Palouse St., was found walking about 500 yards away from the abandoned vehicle carrying a cup and a hubcap.

As of Saturday evening, Robison was in Walla Walla County Jail awaiting charges.

Alfred Diaz can be reached at alfreddiaz@wwub.com or 526-8325.

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