Trial set for Milton-Freewater woman accused of ramming ex's vehicle

Griselda Salinas-Garduno faces an assault charge in connection with a chase and the ramming last month.

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WALLA WALLA -- A woman accused of driving an SUV and ramming a vehicle operated by her ex-boyfriend after allegedly chasing him in the Eastgate area last month is scheduled for trial Dec. 19.

Griselda Salinas-Garduno, 27, pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court to the charge of 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 allegedly 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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