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Drunk driver hits power pole during pursuit

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- A suspected drunk driver led Yakima Police Officers on a chase through the city Wednesday night.

It all started at around 11pm when officers noticed a car leaving a parking lot without its lights on.

From there the driver, 45-year-old Roy Alires, refused to pull over for police in the area of Nob Hill and First Street.

Officers say Alires didn't go much faster than the speed limit during the pursuit but he did hit 2 cars, a dumpster, and finally crashed into a power pole.

But he wasn't done yet, Alires got out of the car and that's when officers tased and arrested him.

"He has a substantial felony and misdemeanor criminal history. Not the kind of guy we need driving around in the city of Yakima. So, now he's in the county jail," said Lt. Mike Merryman.

Alires has been booked for Felony Eluding, DUI and other charges.

Earlier in the week we promised you we'd look further into the number of pursuits we've seen over the past few years.
 
Chase numbers have gone way down from 61 in 2006, to 45 the year after.

Last year there were 9 fewer chases as compared to 2010.

A trend that will hopefully continue into this year.

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