Felon wanted for December crash arrested in Soap Lake

SOAP LAKE, Wash. - A man wanted in connection to a Dec. 9 pursuit and crash that left one Moses Lake woman seriously injured was arrested Wednesday night after he barricading himself inside a Soap Lake home.

29-year-old Nicholas R. Rivera was tracked to a home in the 2000 block of Road A-NE by the U.S. Marshal's Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force. Rivera refused to come out of the home, and because of his criminal history Grant County deputies asked the Moses Lake Regional Tactical Response Team to assist them. 

Prior to the TRT arrival, Rivera was talked out of the home by negotiators and taken into custody. 

A search warrant was served on the home and detectives with the Interagency Narcotics Enforcement Team seized an AR-22 rifle. 

Rivera was wanted on vehicular assault charges stemming from a Dec. 9 pursuit which ended after he crashed his car near Roads N and 3-NE in Moses Lake. His passenger, a 22-year-old woman, suffered critical injuries in the crash. 

"Rivera's capture was the result of great teamwork by all agencies involved," said Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones. "(His) prior decisions and actions caused a young lady to have to suffer severe injuries, and I'm glad Rivera is now in jail so he can face the charges."

His bail is set at $100,000.