Man reportedly throws gun from car during high speed police chase

Man reportedly throws gun from car during high speed police chase

TOPPENISH, Wash. - Sheriff's deputies have identified a 24-year-old driver involved in a 100 mph car chase.

Friday around 1:45 a.m., a Yakima County Sheriff's (YCSO) deputy attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding near the intersection of E. Branch Rd and highway 22 near Toppenish.

The vehicle pulled over when signaled to do so by the deputy, according to YCSO.

After stopping for a moment, the suspect driver drove off and led the deputy in a high speed chase through Toppenish.

A Toppenish police officer joined the pursuit.

When the suspect exited the city limits of Toppenish, the deputy saw a firearm being thrown out of the suspect vehicle.

The deputy continued the chase for about 20 miles from Toppenish to Grandview. During the pursuit, the suspect reached speeds up to 100 miles per hour on I-82.

The suspect continued to flee from deputies and the Toppenish officer to the city of Grandview.

The suspect lost control of his car in the 100 block of C St. and collided with a house causing damage to one wall.

The suspect then fled on foot. No one was injured in the collision.

The suspect was later identified as a 24-year-old Hispanic man from Toppenish. Authorities are not revealing his name at this time.

The discarded firearm was recovered, deputies said.

Charges will be forwarded to the Prosecutor's office for attempting to elude and unlawful possession of a firearm.

The investigation continues.

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