Man arrested on warrant after chance contact with officers

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WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla police officers arrested a Milton-Freewater man Wednesday on a felony warrant after responding to a shoplifting report at Hastings, 617 S. Ninth Ave.

Steven R. Farrens, 39, fit a general description of the shoplifting suspect and when officers tried to contact him, he fled, according to a Walla Walla Police Department press release.

Officers chased Farrens on foot for several blocks before taking him into custody at Emma Street and 12th Avenue and identifying him as having an outstanding Department of Corrections felony warrant for escape from community custody.

Farrens also is being held on investigation of felony possession of methamphetamine and possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

"Meanwhile, the suspect in the Hastings theft has not been located," said Officer Tim Bennett, city police spokesman.

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