Wanted Suspect Tries To Hide Under Water in Yakima River–Fails Miserably
Some people will go to enormous lengths to avoid being busted.
According to KEPR-TV and Benton County Sheriff's a 22-year-old man is in jail on three outstanding warrants after he was arrested late Wednesday afternoon. But it was where he got arrested that was strange.
Deputies got a disturbance call shortly before 3pm from a driver who was driving on Interstate 82, and noticed a Chevy Trailblazer parked on the opposite shoulder. The caller said it appeared a man was trying to force a woman back inside the vehicle.
Sheriff's later caught up with the vehicle at the Desert Food Mart near Kennedy and 1st. streets in Benton City. However, the suspect, Carlos Sanchez, fled on foot. He ran behind the store and was later found hiding in an aqueduct where it empties into the Yakima River. He'd been trying to hid under the water when deputies approached.
He was found to have three outstanding warrants out of Richland for failing to comply with driving on a suspended license, and making misleading statements to police. Because he was in the water for at least ten minutes, he was checked for hypothermia before being taken to jail.
His unnamed passenger, a 19-year-old woman, refused to give officials his name, and insisted nothing was going on between them. She was released to custody of family members.