Bizarre Slow Speed Chase Brings out Spike Strips in Kennewick (UPDATE)
High speed chases are usually the norm – unless you’re talking about OJ’s slow Ford Bronco. And now, Kennewick police had one Thursday. (Photo courtesy of KNDU-TV)
Kennewick police have released additional information, including identity of suspect.
Few details have been released but Thursday afternoon, Kennewick police were engaged in trying to stop a motorist on Kennewick Ave. A male driver was seen circling a gas station in a suspicious manner, and was waving his arms out the driver’s window.
When police tried to pull him over he refused. According to KNDU-TV, our news partner, the speeds during the “slow-speed” pursuit never exceeded 35mph.
Spike stripes were laid down and disabled the car. The man is reportedly in police custody but his identity has not been released yet.
Torres Reyes is in the Benton County jail, facing charges of reckless endangerment and eluding a police officer. Shortly before 11am Thursday a KPD officer saw him driving his car around the gas pumps at the Chevron station on Kennewick Ave and Vista Way. Reyes squealed his tires, and nearly struck another person who was putting gas in their car.
Reyes then left the lot, heading Westbound on Kennewick Ave. He refused to pull over for Officer Pitts, who was following him. Police finally deployed spike strips to stop his car near Kennewick and Morain. He was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, but it was learned he suffers from a mental issue.