WALLA WALLA — A woman involved in a high-speed chase through the city in February allegedly has failed to remain in drug-offender treatment and a warrant has been issued for her arrest.
Myranda R. York, 23, was sentenced last spring to six months of inpatient treatment and two years on community custody. But she aborted the treatment program late last week and absconded from supervision, according to authorities.
Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann signed an order Tuesday authorizing the bench warrant at the request of Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagle.
York pleaded guilty in April to being an accomplice to attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, an accomplice to vehicular assault and to possessing methamphetamine on Feb. 19.
Officials said she was a passenger in a stolen Honda Accord driven by Vernon Ray Johnson, who led police on the chase before plowing into a pickup at Bryant Avenue and Howard Street. Meth was found on the passenger side of the Honda.
The pickup’s driver, Jeffrey H. Callow, 62, was hospitalized for treatment of his injuries.
Johnson reportedly suffered severe head trauma and at last report was in a rehabilitative facility. He hasn’t yet been charged in court.
At York’s sentencing May 14, she told court Commissioner Scott Wolfram — who was filling in for Lohrmann — she was “truly sorry” for committing the crimes.
Wolfram agreed to impose an alternative drug-offender sentence — in lieu of a standard-range prison term of a year-and-a-day to 18 months — which was recommended in a plea agreement between the prosecution and defense.
If York is apprehended, the Department of Corrections is recommending the alternative sentence be revoked and she be sent to prison.
A DOC violation notice filed in court this week says York entered the American Behavioral Health Systems chemical dependency treatment facility in Spokane Valley on June 15, but was to be transferred its facility in Chehalis on Friday because she had been “bullying other clients.”
“Ms. York was taken to the Greyhound Bus Station in Spokane and given a ticket to Chehalis; however, she was not on that bus when it arrived in Chehalis, and her current whereabouts are unknown,” the DOC notice says.
Community Corrections Supervisor Ben Brink said in an interview Wednesday it’s not unusual for treatment providers to arrange for transporting clients in such a manner.
A monthly report from the Spokane Valley facility dated July 24 outlined progress York was making in treatment, including “good participation” and active involvement in relapse prevention. The report makes no mention of any bullying behavior at the time.
In a letter York wrote to Lohrmann — filed in court Aug. 3 — she asked him to reduce her length of treatment to as little as three months at the discretion of treatment facility staff.
York claimed to have made life-changing decisions, stated she was following all rules, and promised to continue outpatient treatment and obey probationary conditions.
“I am taking treatment very seriously,” she wrote. “ … I will continue to strive for excellence in my recovery.”
She added she is a woman worthy of love, honor, trust, dignity and respect.
“I have the free will to choose my behaviors and will be responsible for the actions I choose today.”
Lohrmann did not respond to the request.
Terry McConn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8319.