Milton-Freewater chase ends in wreck, search

Law enforcement officers are hunting a pair of suspects in the Milton-Freewater area.

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MILTON-FREEWATER -- An early morning high-speed chase that ended in a crash north of town had two dozen officers scouring local orchards for several hours searching for two suspects believed to be armed and dangerous.

As of 8:45 a.m., police were still searching the orchards around

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Search for Johnson and York

Search for Johnson and York

Locust and Winesap roads for Vernon R. Johnson and Myranda R. York, who are wanted in connection with another high-speed chase near Mountain Home, Idaho.

Johnson and York are from Walla Walla.

According to the Idaho Press-Tribune and other news agencies, Vernon Ray Johnson and Myranda Raeann York were involved in a seven-mile, high-speed vehicle chase on Feb. 4 near Glenns Ferry, Idaho.

Walla Walla police said Johnson is wanted here for escaping community custody, possession of dangerous drugs, eluding and possession of stolen property. while York is wanted for possession of stolen property.

According to Walla Walla County Undersheriff Edward Freyer, deputies were called to a remote location around 1 a.m. to investigate a separate incident. After arriving at the scene, a vehicle sped off and deputies pursued, he said.

During the pursuit, a check of the license plate revealed the car had been stolen in Kennewick last week, Freyer said. A deputy spotted four occupants in the vehicle, including Johnson and York.

A short time later, the vehicle crashed in an orchard near Winesap and Locust roads, officials said.

York and Johnson fled in one direction, and the other occupants, Skyler Glasby and Breanna Rutherford set off in another, officials said.

Deputies closed off the area and officers from the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Milton-Freewater Police Department and Oregon State Police joined in several hours of searching.

Rutherford was found around 6 a.m. walking along the road toward the crashed vehicle and Glasby was found an hour later hiding in a trash can, officials said.

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