Chelan truck theft leads to highway vehicle chase

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WENATCHEE — Chelan County sheriff’s deputies had to chase down a stolen truck Thursday in a pursuit down Chelan Valley highways.

Steven Mejia, 28, allegedly stole a truck that was parked and running in a Chelan alley, sped away as the owner tried to stop him on foot, then led deputies on a chase along Highway 97A and Navarre Coulee Road starting about 4:50 p.m. Deputies said Mejia reached speeds up to 100 miles an hour, until an officer used a car to nudge the truck into a spinout on South Lakeshore Road.

Once stopped, Mejia wouldn’t comply with commands and had to be overpowered using a Taser, deputies said. He remained jailed Friday awaiting charges.