Evaluation ordered for man in pursuit

Jonathan L. Struthers is accused of leading officers on a chase this month.

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WALLA WALLA -- A sanity evaluation has been ordered for a man who allegedly led law enforcement on a vehicle chase this month beginning in College Place and ending in the county.

Jonathan L. Struthers, 28, of 18 Sweet Onion Lane, Walla Walla, is charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.

The evaluation will help determine Struthers' mental competency. He reportedly is refusing medications while in the County Jail.

Officials said the March 6 pursuit began about 5 a.m. 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 jail, with bail later set at $5,000.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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