Pasco Police in pursuit of a perp.....

...who stole a Lexus Sunday night and was subsequently spotted by sharp-eyed Officer Matt Griffin who eyeballed it near 10th Ave & Lewis about 3:45 a.m. this morning. When he tried to pull the car over, the chase was on.....

Starting with West on Lewis to 28th, the perp tried to turn North on 28th, went sideways over a traffic island, sideways over the curb line and stopped just outside KEPR's fenced bullpen. The serendipity of a hot story falling in their laps was not lost on the Channel 19 crew who dashed to the scene to try and not muck things up. No worries, as the driver jumped out and tried to run, mobbed he was, by responding officers and taken into custody.

Julio C. Parra, DOB 111690 of Pasco, was booked into Franklin County Jail on investigative holds for Attempting to Elude and Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. PP17-04695 Veh Theft, PP17-04707 Eluding.