Fugitives nabbed after crash

A high-speed chase ended when their vehicle slammed into a pickup driven by Jeffrey H. Callow.

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WALLA WALLA -- The couple wanted in connection with Friday's high-speed chase and ensuing eight-hour police search near Milton-Freewater were caught Sunday after another high-speed chase that ended in a crash at the intersection of Howard Street and Bryant Avenue.

Vernon Ray Johnson and Myranda Raenn York crashed into the side of a pickup driven by Jeffrey H. Callow, 62, while eluding a Walla Walla Police officer who had spotted their stolen vehicle on Wilbur Avenue around 3:20 p.m.

York and Callow were transported to Providence St. Mary Medical Center. York was treated and released, while Callow was in satisfactory condition as of this morning.

Johnson was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with severe head trauma, according to Walla Walla Police Public Information Officer Tim Bennett. Johnson's condition this morning was listed as serious.

Johnson and York were driving a stolen Honda Accord, which police believed the couple used to get away from the Friday morning eight-hour manhunt in the orchards north of Milton-Freewater.

Police had received a call Sunday afternoon that Johnson and York were in the Eastgate area.

When an officer spotted their vehicle near Alder Street, a chase immediately began south on Wilbur, according to Bennett.

The pursuit continued west on Bryant Avenue and ended when the stolen vehicle struck Callow's 1971 pickup.

The pickup rolled twice and landed in a neighboring yard.

Bennett said officers had to help Callow get out of his pickup while it caught fire.

Johnson and York are also wanted in connection with a high-speed chase on Feb. 4 that ended with the couple getting away on foot in a field just outside of Glenns Ferry, Idaho, as well as other charges in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

The Washington State Patrol is handling Sunday's collision investigation.

Luke Hegdal contributed to this report.

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