Suspect chase vehicle (KPD)
Suspect Doyle (KPD)

Because of extreme concern for public safety, it's likely that's a big part in why a wanted felony drug suspect is at large in Kennewick.

Officers spent much of the overnight hours into Thursday pursuing a determined 24-year-old Kennewick man in his car.

Daniel J. Doyle was wanted on the following charges, Dispense or Distribute Fentanyl, four Misdemeanor Warrants for Failure to Appear – Driving with a Suspended License in the Third Degree, and active Probable Cause to arrest on charges of Eluding.

Suspect vehicle (KPD)

Around 10:58PM the CAT or Criminal Apprehension Team (the late-night ninjas of the Kennewick Police Department) received information that Doyle was spotting driving the vehicle pictured in our story. Because he was known to be a flight risk, a series of spike strips were set up in a perimeter help corral him in. Apparently he's previously raced away when Police have tried to pull him over.

However, when officers lit him up near 27th and Olympia, he sped away. Officers initially thought he had run-flat tires on his car, possibly solid rubber because the spike strips didn't stop him.

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Due to the seriousness of the charges, the suspect, and possible public safety issues, the pursuit was called off. However, a short time later Doyle was spotted and his car was badly damaged after all. He even had spike strips lodged in the undercarriage. For the next hour, officers tailed him at speeds of 10-15 MPH before finally turning off their safety lights and sirens, again due to safety concerns despite the slow speeds.

Just moments later Doyle dumped the car and fled into the Monopoly Park area near 10th and Date Streets. KPD was ready for this, and Pasco PD engaged their K-9 who had been brought in.

However, the scent was lost and Doyle was not located. Police say there is no threat to the public, but do urge anyone who may know or see him to call 9-1-1 immediately or (509)-628-0333. All leads can be confidential.


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