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Theft Suspect Caught After High Speed Chase In Grant County

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE GRANT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: A high-speed pursuit of a stolen vehicle Wednesday afternoon ended with the arrest of two Quincy men.

About 2 p.m., Grant County deputies answered a call for a vehicle just stolen from the George area. The vehicle's owner said he picked up Gustavo Tapia, 18, after Tapia called asking for a ride. Tapia and the vehicle owner then picked up three other persons and drove to a location near George. When they got there, the vehicle's owner stepped out of the vehicle and Tapia jumped in the driver's seat and sped away.

While deputies were with the vehicle's owner writing the stolen vehicle report, the Washington State Patrol called MACC dispatch saying a Trooper spotted the vehicle, a 1995 GMC Jimmy, eastbound on Interstate 90 near mile post 170. When the Trooper tried to pull over the Jimmy, the driver took off at speeds reaching 100 miles per hour.

The Jimmy then slowed and got off the freeway at exit 182 (County Road O-SW) then stopped just south of the freeway. Troopers, deputies and Moses Lake Police surrounded the vehicle and detained all the occupants.

After investigating, Tapia was arrested for attempting to elude police, theft of a motor vehicle and DUI. One of the passengers, Adrian Diaz, 18, was arrested for a felony warrant. The two other vehicle occupants were released. The Jimmy was returned to its owner.

"I really want to thank and highlight the Washington State Patrol and Moses Lake Police," said Sheriff Tom Jones. "They kept an eye out for the stolen car, pursued it, and were essential in safely taking the occupants into custody."

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