Man accused in chase pleads guilty to other crimes

Alejandro A. Ureno faces up to 10 years in prison in connection with drug and stolen property charges.

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WALLA WALLA -- A man accused of leading police on a vehicle pursuit from the west end of Walla Walla into Milton-Freewater in December has pleaded guilty to unrelated crimes.

Alejandro A. Ureno, 30, entered the guilty pleas Friday to charges of violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, second-degree possessing stolen property and first-degree trafficking in stolen property.

He faces a prison term of up to 10 years when he's sentenced later.

The charge related to the vehicle pursuit was dropped as part of a plea agreement Ureno accepted after testimony had concluded at a trial last week.

Ureno admitted delivering hydromorphone within 1,000 feet of a school bus route stop, possessing miscellaneous stolen items and supervising the theft of property for sale to other people. The crimes were committed last year.

The pursuit in which he had been charged occurred Dec. 8 about 3:50 p.m. after a Walla Walla police officer spotted a Jeep -- matching the description of one that had been reported stolen -- heading south on Myra Road, officials said.

The chase proceeded onto state Route 125 toward College Place and Milton-Freewater, west on Ballou Road, south onto the Old Milton Highway and into Milton-Freewater.

After slowing down near Fifth Avenue and Hill Street for a female passenger to jump out, the driver drove the Jeep from the area, officials said. The vehicle was located later and Ureno -- whose last known address was in Weston ¬?-- was arrested in Walla Walla on Dec. 15 at Palouse and Main streets.

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

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