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Sunnyside Police Arrest Man in Stolen Car for Fleeing from Officers

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SUNNYSIDE, WA - The Sunnyside Police Department arrested a 37-year-old Sunnyside man after he stole a car and fled from police.

Police say on Tuesday, December 1st., at around 2 a.m. an officer spotted Jose Angel Ortega in the area of South 6th St. driving erratically. They say he was driving above the speed limit and did not stop at a stop sign.

The officer turned on the emergency lights and tried stopping Ortega, who instead sped up and turned off his headlights trying to get away.

Ortega turned South on Mabton Sunnyside Hwy and sped up reaching speeds of 80 mph.

As the chase went toward Mabton, a Yakima County Sheriff's Deputy threw out a spike strip which deflated one of Ortega's tires slowing him down to just 10 mph.

Police say Ortega then got out of the car and ran east of Mabton on High School Road before officers arrested him.

Police say Ortega had just stolen the car. They found a shaved key in the ignition.

They also found he had four prior felony convictions including one for vehicle theft.

Officers booked him into the Sunnyside City Jail for eluding police and theft of a vehicle.

Police want to remind people not to leave their car on and unattended while warming it up. They say not only is it illegal, it gives criminals an easy opportunity to steal your car.

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