Soap Lake Police chase after vehicle, driver jumps out mid-pursuit, leaves passenger in moving car
SOAP LAKE, Wash. — Soap Lake Police chased down a car and its driver, who jumped out mid-pursuit and ran off Sunday morning.
Sergeant Spencer Nulph and Officer Jeff Gallaher were trying to find a black Mercedes without license plates in the Soap Lake area. They found the car and attempted a traffic stop, but the driver sped away.
The officers pursued the driver through the neighborhood, and after a few blocks, the driver jumped out of the car, leaving the passenger inside as it rolled down a hill and into a backyard.
Sergeant Nulph took the passenger into custody, and Officer Gallaher pursued the driver, who eventually got away.
Soap Lake Police Department then called on Ephrata Police and the Grant County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) to help. Sergeant Char and K9 Chicka with GCSO were able to track down the driver, who was hiding under a mobile home in the 400 block of Main Avenue.
Irbin Martinez Santacruz was arrested for felony eluding, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice and malicious mischief for damaging property; he was also booked on a felony narcotics warrant from the Department of Corrections.
Tony Gonzales was arrested for a DOC felony warrant, as well.
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