Stolen car chased into irrigation ditch outside Moses Lake


A 20-year-old woman and 16-year-old male have been arrested after a high-speed chase early Sunday morning that ended with their stolen car submerged in an irrigation ditch outside Moses Lake, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

It started about 4 a.m. Sunday when deputies responded to a report of a stolen vehicle in George.

They soon learned that the suspects had been seen earlier pushing a vehicle that had been stolen in Moses Lake a few hours earlier.

The second stolen vehicle was located by Ephrata police about 4:30 a.m. on Dodson Road.

In the ensuing chase, speeds reached up to 100 mph before police halted the pursuit to protect the safety of oncoming traffic.

But Grant County deputies soon spotted the stolen vehicle again on Road 5 Northwest outside Moses Lake and the chase resumed, again at speeds of more than 100 mph.

The suspects drove through a field at Road 5 Northwest and Division Road N before ending up in the irrigation ditch.

Arrested were the juvenile and Tomie Gonzalez of Moses Lake. Both she and the juvenile face numerous charges, including two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, as well as multiple attempts to elude a police vehicle.

They were not injured in the irrigation-ditch crash.