High-speed chase ends in arrest

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WALLA WALLA — Police arrested a Kennewick woman, Cathy Johnson, 61, after a high-speed chase from Prescott to Walla Walla on Saturday afternoon.

According to a probable cause affidavit prepared for court by the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Ian Edwards spotted a red passenger car speeding westbound on State Route 124 through Prescott at just after 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Edwards began pursuing the vehicle, which turned south onto State Route 125. According to the report, Edwards clocked speeds between 80 and 100 mph.

Deputies called in to assist in the chase deployed a spike strip near Harvey Shaw Road, damaging one of the vehicle tires. Johnson continued to drive her 2009 Mitsubishi Galant, minus one tire, turning into Walla Walla city limits on 13th Avenue.

With Edwards still pursuing, Johnson struck the curb near May Street, and finally stopped her car on 13th Avenue near Pine Street.

“The sole occupant female driver opened her driver’s side door and began looking directly at us,” Edwards wrote in the probable cause affidavit. “She was given numerous commands to put her hands up.”

Johnson complied, initially, then leaned toward the passenger side of the car, according to the report.

“It appeared that the suspect was reaching for something,” Edwards wrote.

Walla Walla police Officer Dan Lackey fired a Taser at Johnson, who then became compliant, according to the report.

According to Sheriff’s Office reports, Johnson repeatedly told officers she did not stop because “she was really sick.” Paramedics, who examined Johnson, did not find cause to transport Johnson to a medical facility, and Johnson was booked into Walla Walla County Jail on investigation of attempting to elude, a Class C felony.

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