One arrested after vehicle chase Sunday afternoon


COLLEGE PLACE -- A high-speed car chase put two suspects in the hospital Sunday afternoon after Milton-Freewater police reported a stolen pickup truck headed north.

Just before 1 p.m. a College Place police officer spotted the vehicle, a gray 1994 Ford Ranger.

According to Officer Harry Flemmer of the College Place Police Department, the officer began following the vehicle near South College Avenue. The driver of the Ford pickup, later identified as Antonio Contreras, 25, turned on Mojonnier Road and then onto Frog Hollow Road, traveling between 55 and 70 mph, according to Flemmer. The pickup turned left onto Rainville Road, and then rolled as Contreras attempted a left-hand turn onto Stateline Road.

"As soon as we got there, (the suspects) were both already out of the vehicle." Flemmer said.

The passenger, Katie Sargent, 22, was ejected from the vehicle and taken to Providence St. Mary Medical Center, where she was admitted to the intensive care unit. Providence St. Mary Medical Center staff did not return phone calls regarding the condition of Sargent as of press time.

"The driver did take off running southbound through a field," Flemmer said, adding police caught up to Contreras within about a quarter-mile.

Contreras was taken to Walla Walla General Hospital for evaluation, and was arrested on investigation of attempting to elude, vehicular assault, possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended or revoked license and obstructing police officers.

Both suspects had warrants for their arrest, and Contreras was sentenced in August 2011 to an 11-month jail term for third-degree assault and second-degree theft.

Sargent, also known as Katie Waite, was convicted in 2010 of second-degree robbery and possession of methamphetamine.

Luke Hegdal can be reached at or 526-8326.


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