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Yakima: arrest after bank robbery, chase

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A man has been arrested after a high speed freeway chase that followed an armed bank robbery. A man has been arrested after a high speed freeway chase that followed an armed bank robbery.
YAKIMA, Wash. -

Police in Yakima, Washington, say they've made an arrest after a high speed freeway chase that followed an armed bank robbery.

Police spokesman Mike Bastinelli says an armed man wearing a ski mask robbed a U.S. Bank branch on Friday morning, getting away with an undisclosed amount of money in a white van.

The chase began after an officer responding to the robbery call spotted a van driving erratically. Yakima County sheriff's officers and state troopers assisted in the chase, which led eastbound onto Interstate 82 at speeds that topped 100 mph. Spike strips were finally used to disable the van near Zillah.

The Yakima Herald-Republic says the driver briefly held a gun to his chin before he was talked into surrendering.

The man arrested for investigation of first-degree robbery and eluding was not immediately identified.

Police say they found evidence from the bank robbery in the van.

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