Man charged in weekend chase

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WALLA WALLA — A local man has been formally charged in Superior Court with leading law enforcement on a chase through northeast areas of the city last weekend.

Joshua M. Hunter, 30, of 1624 Walla Walla Ave., was charged Monday afternoon with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, as well as related counts of driving under the influence and third-degree driving while license suspended or revoked.

The chase began about 11:15 p.m. Saturday when a county sheriff’s deputy saw a pickup — allegedly driven by Hunter — turn onto Isaacs Avenue near Wellington Avenue with its headlights off.

As the deputy attempted a traffic stop, the pickup’s driver turned north onto Wellington, started to speed up, then fishtailed and spun out his rear wheels, according to a Sheriff’s Office report filed in court.

The pursuit involving several law enforcement units continued along various streets and avenues, including Walla Walla, Bellevue and Melrose. At times, Hunter allegedly failed to stop at stop signs, slid through a roadway and nearly hit utility poles. Speeds were clocked at more than 70 mph.

Hunter ended up at his home, where he was arrested, the report says. Bail later was set at $15,000.

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