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Police Chase Jurisdiction

RICHLAND, Wash. - A man leads Richland Police on a high speed chase. The officer clocked the man speeding at 120 mph. He wouldn't stop when the officer tried to pull him over, and he fled into Franklin County.

When drivers cross county lines it doesn't mean they're off the hook, a Kennewick police officer can pull you over if you committed a traffic violation in Pasco.

Just because the officer didn't see you do it doesn't mean he won't help police who did.

Early Wednesday morning one man found that out the hard way.

About 2:00 a.m. near the Yakima River bridge on Interstate 182, 22-year-old Rodney Deaton whized by a richland police officer traveling almost 120 mph per hour in his blue Ford Probe.

The officer tried to pull him over, but Deaton didn't stop. Instead he sped into Pasco.

"Fortunately there was no other traffic on the freeway at the time, put at risk by the suspect vehicle," said Capt. Mike Cobb, Richland Police Department.   

When the officer noticed Deaton pull off onto Highway 395, he radioed for help from Kennewick police. By the time Deaton crossed over the Blue Bridge, Kennewick officers had spike stripes waiting for him at the other end.

In situations like this where seconds could mean either an arrest or an escape, Kennewick police said they have to act fast.

"It's vitally critical for the patrol supervisor to monitor radio traffic and try to ascertain either by phone or the dispatch center whatever the pursuing agency is," said Sgt. Ken Lattin, Kennewick Police Department. 

With no air in his tires, Deaton finally came to stop at the entrance of the Columbia Park and Richland officers arrested him for drunk driving and eluding police.

Officers from other cities won't always write you a ticket outside their jurisdiction. But if the situation is right, they have no problem exercising their authority.

"I can pull you over to stop you and arrest you and take you to jail anywhere in the State of Washington. I'm good to go," said Capt. Mike Cobb.   

Officers in the Tri-Cities said they have a mutual agreement to help each other out.

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