WALLA WALLA -- A woman who pleaded guilty to endangering her ex-boyfriend by driving an SUV recklessly in the Eastgate area in September received a suspended sentence Monday afternoon in Superior Court.
Griselda Salinas-Garduno was handed a one-year jail term, with credit for one day served, but the rest was suspended and she was placed on a year of probation with conditions.
In imposing the sentence, Judge John Lohrmann went along with a prosecution recommendation.
Salinas-Garduno, 28, pleaded guilty Dec. 27 to the gross-misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment -- domestic violence.
Sheriff's deputies said she was involved in a physical altercation with Samuel Sanchez Orozco at Rooks Park about 11 a.m. Sept. 22.
After the reported fight, Sanchez Orozco, 29, sped off in a car -- with Salinas-Garduno apparently in pursuit in the SUV -- west on Mill Creek Road and onto Isaacs Avenue, according to officials.
After driving through a grass field, Salinas-Garduno struck the front end of the Sanchez Orozco vehicle, but no injuries were reported.
Her attorney, Richard Wernette, told Lohrmann at Monday's hearing that a Sheriff's Office report had inaccurately stated the vehicle she was driving "rammed" the Sanchez Orozco vehicle.
Damage was limited to a head lamp, Wernette said, adding, "It was more like a bump and an accidental one at that."
Salinas-Garduno, of 206 N.W. Eighth Ave., Milton-Freewater, has not been incarcerated pending the outcome of her case.
She initially was charged with a felony, second-degree assault -- domestic violence, but that was reduced in a plea agreement.
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