Press Release


Pursuit ends with a crash

Kittitas County, WA - 08/31/2018 - On August 30, 2018, around 11:00pm, Kittitas County Deputies attempt to stop a vehicle traveling southbound on Canyon Road for not having their lights on. The vehicle sped away from the deputy when he activated his emergency lights.

The vehicle, a 2008 Toyota Yaris with Idaho plates, took off southbound on Canyon Road and then turned east on Thrall Road.  The vehicle was traveling between 80 and 90 miles per hour.  The vehicle took a left turn onto No. 6 Road from Thrall and traveled north.  On No. 6 road the rear passenger threw numerous objects at the pursuing deputies' vehicles, including camping gear, clothes, blankets and a suitcase. 

The Toyota drove through the stop signs at No. 6 road and Tjossem and at the intersection of No. 6 road and Kittitas Hwy.  The vehicle then took a left turn onto Vantage Hwy and started heading into Ellensburg.  Due to heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic near the Fairgrounds, deputies backed off the pursuit in hopes the vehicle would slow down. 

The Toyota lost control near the Starbucks on University Way and struck a tree.  Two of the thee occupants ran from the vehicle.  The driver ran south across University Way away from Starbucks and was later apprehended behind the old bowling alley.  The driver, identified as Kyle E. Campbell of Spokane, was placed under arrest and was transported to Kittitas Valley Hospital to be cleared by a doctor and later booked into the Kittitas County Corrections Center.  Mr. Campbell had an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant for Robbery 2nd degree.

A female passenger, later identified as the registered owner, Molly Sunrise Matt of Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, was able to avoid apprehension and a warrant will be issued for her.  The third passenger, Eddie J. Hackett of Pierce County, was questioned and released. 

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Contact: Darren Higashiyama, Commander, (509) 933-8206