Fleeing driver cornered by officers after long chase

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COLLEGE PLACE - College Place police arrested a 28-year-old man this morning following a lengthy, erratic chase that began as a routine traffic stop.

Just before 5 a.m. a College Place officer initiated a traffic stop in the 200 block of North College Avenue after a driver, later identified as Jonathan L. Struthers, failed to dim his lights.

Struthers attempted to give the officer a passport instead of a driver's license, and would not roll his window down more than three inches, according to a press release. After a back-up unit from the Walla Walla Police Department arrived, Struthers fled.

Struthers attempted to elude police, alternating between low and high speeds, primarily on county roads west of College Place.

Struthers continued to drive his vehicle after running over a spike-strip deployed by a Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office deputy. Officers cornered Struthers on Bluff Haven Road, a private drive near the intersection of Last Chance and Frog Hollow roads.

Struthers was arrested at 5:30 a.m. without further incident and transported to the Walla Walla County Jail on investigation of attempting to elude and failure to obey a law enforcement officer.

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