Man charged in July 4 pursuit in Walla Walla

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WALLA WALLA — A man suspected of leading law enforcement on a vehicle chase east of the city on the Fourth of July was formally charged Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Stephen D. Bennett, 35, is accused of attempting to elude a police vehicle and third-degree driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Officials said a Walla Walla police officer spotted Bennett, who had two outstanding arrest warrants, driving a Pontiac Grand Am in the 2200 block of Isaacs Avenue about 5:55 p.m.

Bennett allegedly sped east on Isaacs at more than 65 mph, blew through the stop light at Tausick Way and headed up Mill Creek Road.

The pursuing officer then followed Bennett onto Seven Mile Road, but had to slow because of dust, according to a police report filed in court.

The Grand Am was located abandoned at the base of a hill, and Bennett was found hiding in a dry creek bottom surrounding by tall grass. A female passenger wasn’t found.

Bennett, of 3289 Mill Creek Road, was booked into the County Jail. Bail on the Superior Court charges was set Monday at $40,000.

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

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