TOPPENISH — Using a police dog, Yakima County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 27-year-old Toppenish-area man they say led them on a short chase in a stolen vehicle early Saturday.
A sheriff’s deputy spotted an occupied vehicle in the parking lot at Legends Casino Hotel around 2:15 a.m. that had been reported stolen, according to a sheriff’s office news release. After backup arrived, the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle, which sped west on Fort Road.
The 2-mile chase ended in the 1800 block of South Oldenway Road, where the suspect got out and jumped a fence, the release said. A Yakama Nation tribal police officer located a gun on the ground where the suspect had started to run.
Washington State Patrol troopers and Toppenish and tribal police officers assisted deputies in securing the area while Zuza, the sheriff’s police dog, was brought in to look for the suspect. Zuza found the suspect and maintained a bite-hold on his leg until he was handcuffed, according to the release. The man was then taken to a local hospital for treatment of the bite.
Deputies booked the man into the Yakima County jail on an outstanding state Department of Corrections warrant and on suspicion of eluding, possessing a stolen motor vehicle and unlawfully possessing a firearm. The suspect has prior felony convictions, including robbery, and is a registered sex offender and documented gang member, the release said.