WALLA WALLA — A local man was sentenced Monday afternoon to time-served after pleading guilty to leading law enforcement on a chase through northeast areas of the city a month ago.
Joshua M. Hunter, 30, of 1624 Walla Walla Ave., was ordered to serve 30 days in the County Jail, with credit for the 30 days he’d served. He then was released, but will spend a year on community custody, a form of probation, with a requirement for alcohol treatment and other monitoring.
The sentence, recommended by the prosecution and imposed by Superior Court Judge John Lohrmann, is the midpoint of the standard range of up to 60 days Hunter faced on the charge of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.
Hunter also must pay at least $1,637 in court costs and fees.
In exchange for his guilty plea, related counts of driving under the influence and third-degree driving while license suspended or revoked were dismissed.
In handing down the sentence, Lohrmann told Hunter, “It’s a frightening, scary thing to happen,” adding, “I hope you’ve given that quite a bit of thought.”
Officials said the chase began about 11:15 p.m. on March 16 when a county sheriff’s deputy saw a pickup — driven by Hunter — turn onto Isaacs Avenue near Wellington Avenue with headlights off.
As the deputy attempted a traffic stop, Hunter turned north onto Wellington, started to speed up, then fishtailed and spun out his rear wheels.
The pursuit involving several law enforcement units continued along various streets and avenues, including Walla Walla, Bellevue and Melrose.
At times, Hunter failed to stop at stop signs, slid through a roadway, and nearly hit telephone and power poles, officials said. Speeds were clocked at more than 70 mph.
Hunter ended up at his home where he was arrested.