WALLA WALLA — Police, with the aid of concerned residents, arrested a 29-year-old man after multiple pursuits starting just before noon Tuesday.
According to documents presented in Walla Walla County Superior Court this morning, Jason G. Barnes Sr. was arrested on investigation of felony eluding, obstructing a public servant and second-degree criminal trespass after officers found him hiding under a motor home on Holly Street.
Walla Walla Police Officer Nicholas Henzel reported that just before noon near Wilbur Avenue he spotted a dirty Mercury Sable that was speeding.
Henzel reported he tried to halt the car, but stopped pursuit after the driver nearly struck an elderly pedestrian on Blue Street.
In court documents, Henzel reported that road conditions were wet and icy, and that the the Sable was speeding through intersections, posing a serious risk to citizens.
At about 4:45 p.m. Henzel said he was parked on Walla Walla Avenue when he spotted the same car and again gave chase. The driver again tried to elude, traveling recklessly at a high rate of speed.
Due to heavy traffic Henzel ended the pursuit, but noted that multiple calls to dispatch reporting an erratic driver helped officers locate the Mercury in the 1800 block of Pleasant Street.
Officers closed in and Barnes fled on foot. He was found hiding underneath a motor home at 505 Holly St.
Prosecuting Attorney Jim Nagle said this morning that Barnes has a history of roughly nine felony convictions.
Bail was set at $20,000.
Luke Hegdal can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8326.