Milton-Freewater man nabbed after chase


Walla Walla County Sheriff’s deputies caught up with a 26-year-old man Saturday after the man had eluded multiple other agencies.

According to a Sheriff’s Office report, Mariano Cisneros-Lara first eluded a Washington State Patrol trooper on Friday after Cisneros-Lara reached speeds of 100 miles-per-hour and “played chicken” with semi-trucks with his 1989 Buick LeSaber.

Later the same day Cisneros-Lara eluded Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office deputies near Weston, according to the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office report.

Just before 6 p.m. Saturday, College Place Police officers spotted Cisneros-Lara’s blue LeSaber and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Cisneros-Lara fled, traveling south toward Oregon.

Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office deputies joined the chase, and Deputy Brian Bush successfully used a spike-strip to disable two of the LeSaber’s tires on Stateline Road near Valley Chapel Road.

Despite a pair of flat tires Cisneros-Lara continued driving to his home at 535198 W. Ballou Road in Milton-Freewater, where he continued to be uncooperative, according to the Sheriff’s Office report. Officers eventually tased him and he was transported to the Umatilla County Jail, where he is being held on investigation of third-degree theft for several fuel drive-offs. Bail was set at $5,000.


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