WALLA WALLA — A man has been ordered to serve a year in the County Jail for leading law enforcement on a lengthy vehicle pursuit and possessing methamphetamine last month.
Eduardo C. Torres, 25, of Milton-Freewater, was sentenced Monday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court to the midpoint of the standard-range penalty of six to 18 months he faced.
Torres was given credit for the 28 days he’d already served, and will be placed on a year of community custody, a form of probation, when he’s released.
In imposing the sentence, Judge John Lohrmann went along with a prosecution recommendation.
Torres pleaded guilty Feb. 19 to attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and a related charge of possessing methamphetamine.
Officials said the Feb. 4 chase began about 7:35 p.m. when Torres — driving a 2006 Kia Spectra he reportedly took from his mother without permission — tried to elude Milton-Freewater police while heading north on Highway 11 toward Walla Walla.
Several patrol units from various agencies joined the chase at speeds fluctuating between 60 mph and 30 mph. The Kia struck spikes deployed by law enforcement at two locations along the way.
After traveling through Walla Walla and apparently striking two vehicles, the Kia was pursued on U.S. Highway 12 to just east of Lowden where Torres was apprehended.
Methamphetamine was found in one of his pant’s pockets while he was booked into the Walla Walla County Jail.
Torres also initially was charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle and third-degree driving while license suspended or revoked. But those charges were dismissed in exchange for his guilty pleas.