Charge filed in attempt to flee police

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WALLA WALLA -- A man was charged Wednesday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court with leading law enforcement on a vehicle chase this week beginning in College Place and ending in the county.

Jonathan L. Struthers, 28, of 18 Sweet Onion Lane, Walla Walla, is accused of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.

Officials said the pursuit began about 5 a.m. Tuesday after a College Place police officer pulled Struthers over at North College Avenue and Blalock Drive for failing to dim his lights.

Responding to the officer in a "sluggish" manner, Struthers eventually said he was being detained illegally and drove off during the contact, according to a police report filed in court.

He traveled at varying fast and slow speeds on county roads west of College Place, periodically turning the vehicle's lights on and off, the police report says.

A Walla Walla County Sheriff's deputy deployed a spike strip and Struthers stopped on Bluff Haven Road near Last Chance and Frog Hollow roads about 5:45 a.m., according to officials.

He was booked into the County Jail, with bail later set at $5,000.

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