Driver escapes after high-speed chase ends in wreck

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WALLA WALLA — A late-night high-speed chase with speeds up to 60 mph through the west side of town left deputies with no arrest, even after searching a field with a heat-sensing device.

The chase started just after 1 a.m. when a Walla Walla County Sheriff’s deputy signaled a driver to pull over near the area of 11th Avenue and Main Street.

According to the report, the driver began pulling over but then turned north on 12th Avenue and then sped south on Rose Street.

The driver turned north on Offner Road and struck a steel pole, which totaled the vehicle.

The deputy reported the driver, the only occupant, fled on foot through nearby vacant lots filled with overgrown brush.

City and county units joined forces to search for the suspect; a Walla Walla Fire Department heat-sensing device used to help find victims in fires was unable to locate the suspect.

The owner of the vehicle was contacted and two suspects were named, but so far no arrests have been made.

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