EPHRATA — Law enforcement officers had to dodge a shopping cart, a tree stump and bicycles in the roadway as they pursued a suspect in a stolen car Sunday night.
The suspect was hit with a Taser to end the pursuit, said Mike Warren, Ephrata police chief.
The 45-minute pursuit, which took in roads in and between Ephrata and Soap Lake, was hampered by two people who tossed debris in front of patrol cars, Warren said.
Arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a vehicle stolen out of Moses Lake was Trinidad Rodriguez, 41, of Soap Lake, Warren said. Rodriguez also was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, second-degree attempted assault for attempting to ram a patrol car, and driving while his license was suspended.
The pursuit began about 10 p.m. when an Ephrata police officer spotted a 1997 Honda sedan that was reported stolen. It ended when the car went out of control in the 200 block of Alder Street Northwest in Ephrata.
Warren said Rodriguez tried to run from the car but a Grant County sheriff’s deputy shot him with a Taser. State Patrol troopers also were involved in the pursuit.
On Basin Street in Ephrata, pursuing officers had to dodge debris that two people threw in front of their vehicles, Warren said. Officers arrested Roberta L. Stark, 33, of Ephrata, on suspicion of obstruction of justice and first-degree malicious mischief. They are seeking a second suspect.