Grandview police arrested a Yakima man early Saturday after they say he led an officer on a high-speed chase and struck a light post while under the influence of alcohol.
An officer spotted a car in an empty lot in the 100 block of West Wine Country Road with its taillights on around 2:05 a.m. Saturday, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by police. When the officer turned around to investigate, the vehicle drove off, weaving in and out of the traffic lane, the affidavit said.
When the officer tried to stop the vehicle, it drove off with speeds reaching up to 110 mph, the affidavit said. The vehicle struck a light post along West Wine Country Road when the driver tried to turn on to Higgins Way, the affidavit said.
After the crash, the driver and passenger got out of the car and started running, according to the affidavit. The officer was able to stop the 23-year-old driver in a cornfield that had been cut, the affidavit said.
The suspect smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot and droopy eyes, the affidavit said, and the officer found two beer cans, one of which was open, in the center console cup holders.
Police said the suspect refused to identify himself or submit to a breath test in the field, the affidavit said. The officer obtained a search warrant for a sample of the suspect’s blood, which was sent to the state toxicology lab for testing, the affidavit said.
He was booked into the Yakima County jail on suspicion of eluding police, driving under the influence and hit and run. He was released after posting $50,000 bail, and Yakima County Superior Court Judge Richard Bartheld ordered him to check in with court staff.