Charges added in chase, crash

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WALLA WALLA -- One of two people involved in a high-speed chase in February that ended in an injury crash has been charged with two related felonies.

Myranda R. York, 23, of 1633 Sturm Ave., is accused of being an accomplice to attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and an accomplice to vehicular assault.

Those charges are in addition to initial allegations of possessing methamphetamine and using drug paraphernalia.

She pleaded innocent to the charges Monday in Walla Walla Superior Court. Her trial is set for April 23.

According to police, York was a passenger in a car that crashed into a pickup truck at Howard Street and Bryant Avenue on Feb. 19.

The driver of the car, Vernon Ray Johnson, reportedly suffered a severe head injury and was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment. He remained hospitalized there Monday in stable condition.

Officials believe York was a willing participant in the eluding, having allegedly told a visitor at the County jail after she was arrested that she encouraged Johnson to keep going during the chase.

The driver of the pickup, Jeffery H. Callow, 62, was treated and released at a local hospital after the crash.

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