The Morrow County Sheriff’s Office called off a pursuit last week but still got their burglary suspects after their vehicle caught fire in Washington.
Amber Cravens, 26, and Brandon Scott Ulrey, 36, both of Yakima, face charges on both sides of the Columbia River.
The sheriff’s office in a written statement reported a deputy at 3:38 p.m. on Thursday responded to a possible burglary on Fourth Street in Irrigon, which led to a car chase.
The sheriff’s office reported it stopped the pursuit after three minutes due to danger to the public. The suspects continued to flee, and the Umatilla Police Department gave chase about seven minutes later.
The suspects crossed over into Washington on Interstate 82, where they made it to Coffin Road, according to KAPP/KVEW TV, then drove into a dry field, which caught fire. The Benton County Fire District quenched the fire before it got out of control.
The Washington State Patrol arrested Cravens and Ulrey and booked them into the Benton County Jail in Kennewick, according to the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, which charged them with first-degree burglary, second-degree theft and felony attempt to flee. The sheriff’s office also reported Umatilla Police has charges pending against the pair, as does the Washington State Patrol.
The Benton County jail’s online inmate roster does not show Cravens is in jail, but Ulrey remains there for second-degree trespass, obstructing law enforcement and tampering with physical evidence. Morrow County Circuit Court also shows no hearings for Cravens or Ulrey.