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Spike strips halt a 25-mile pursuit

Photo courtesy of Washington State Patrol

BURBANK, Washington – The Washington State Patrol successfully ended a pursuit that started in the Touchet area and ended on U.S. 12 near Burbank Wednesday. Dane M. Forss, 23, of Walla Walla was booked into the Walla Walla County Jail for felony eluding and will also be charged with driving with a suspended license.

WSP Trooper Chris Thorson said that Forss was stopped at about 10:48 a.m. after spike strips were deployed and flattened the right two tires of the his vehicle. Forss then pulled over and was taken into custody.

“The driver didn’t give us any reason why he fled,” Thorson told KTEL News.  “We do suspect there are drugs in the car, and we seized it. We will be applying for a search warrant to search the car.”

Thorson said WSP began receiving 911 calls at around 10:22 a.m. regarding a vehicle being driven erratically, as well as reports that the passengers were throwing garbage out of the window.

“When the trooper caught up to the car, he also witnessed the driver speeding and swerving,” Thorson said.

A passenger, Roger H Embree, 43, of Walla Walla had a warrant in Walla Walla County and was also booked into the Walla Walla County Jail.

Thorson said there was no collision. A trooper did sustain a minor injury to his hand while deploying the spike strips.

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