WALLA WALLA -- A man pleaded innocent Tuesday afternoon to leading authorities on a 25-minute vehicle chase through Walla Walla and into the county last month.
Daniel D. Brasel, 49, of 121 Malcolm St., is set for trial Feb. 8 and 9 in Superior Court on charges of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, which is a felony, and third-degree driving while license suspended, a misdemeanor.
Police said an officer tried to stop Brasel's vehicle in the Safeway parking lot at 215 E. Rose St. about 10:35 p.m. on Dec. 19 because Brasel's driving status was suspended.
Despite lights and siren from the patrol vehicle, Brasel allegedly drove though the parking lot, headed south on Palouse and ultimately south on Howard Street.
"The vehicle came to a dead end in a subdivision, and continued on through a wheat field where it eventually came back to a road," according to a police report filed in court.
The vehicle continued into the county, but stopped at a closed gate across Pike's Peak Road, the police report says.
Brasel was taken into custody about 11 p.m. and booked into the County Jail.
Terry McConn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8319.