WALLA WALLA — A man pleaded innocent Monday afternoon in Superior Court to leading law enforcement on a Fourth-of-July vehicle chase east of the city.
Stephen D. Bennett, 35, is set for trial Sept. 17 on charges of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and third-degree driving while license suspended or revoked.
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. on Independence Day.
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 surrounded 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 at $40,000.
Terry McConn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8319.