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Car chase leads to nearly a rescue of a suspect

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- A 28-year-old man fled from a traffic stop Friday morning, and he ended up in the Yakima River. Around 5:30 a.m. Yakima County Sheriff's Patrol tried to pull over Theodore Cooley from Union Gap. He was driving all over the road on Highway 24. It turns out Cooley was driving a stolen '91 Honda. So he sped away, eventually sliding to a stop near the Yakima Arboretum. Cooley bolted over a fence into an auto wrecking lot as the chasing deputy tried to taser him.

"This isn't your typical run through a field or down a road or, you know. So many of chases end up going either over fences, through backyards or--This is kind of an extreme situation where you've got the wrecking yard," said Lieutenant Brian Winter of the Yakima County Sheriff's Office.

Police surrounded the yard, but Cooley escaped into the Yakima River. The river's current overwhelmed Cooley and a water rescue team was called. Cooley got to shore on his own before needing rescue, and police arrested him. His charges include possessing a stolen vehicle, eluding police and burglary.