Man charged in pursuit from Milton-Freewater to Lowden

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WALLA WALLA — A Milton-Freewater man suspected of leading law enforcement on a vehicle pursuit from that area, through Walla Walla to near Lowden this week has been formally charged with four crimes.

Eduardo C. Torres, 25, was charged Tuesday afternoon in Walla Walla County Superior Court with attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, possessing methamphetamine and third-degree driving while license suspended or revoked.

Officials said the chase began about 7:35 p.m. Monday when Torres — driving a 2006 Kia Spectra he allegedly took from his mother without permission — tried to elude Milton-Freewater police while heading north on Highway 11 toward Walla Walla.

Several patrol units from various agencies joined the chase at speeds fluctuating between 60 mph and 30 mph. The Kia reportedly struck spikes deployed by law enforcement at two locations along the way.

After the Kia reached the area of Ninth Avenue and Rose Street in Walla Walla, it apparently struck one vehicle, then hit a Milton-Freewater police unit, according to a Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office report filed in court.

The pursuit continued east onto Isaacs Avenue, north on Wilbur Avenue, then west on U.S. Highway 12.

Around this time, “the vehicle was running on one tire that was flat and three rims,” the sheriff’s office report says.

The Kia stopped just east of Lowden and Torres was apprehended.

He reportedly became cooperative, but talkative, and told officials he wanted to call for a tow truck because his car was out of oil.

Suspected methamphetamine was found in one of his pant’s pockets while he was booked into the Walla Walla County Jail.

Bail has been set at $75,000.

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