MOSES LAKE - A woman has pleaded guilty in an October police chase of a stolen car through Moses Lake.
Cassandra Ochoa 24, pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen vehicle and attempting to elude in connection to her Oct. 9 arrest.
Ochoa faces between 14 and 18 months behind bars. Prosecutors are recommending Ochoa be sentenced to 14 months in prison but prosecutors say they would not object to a Drug Offender Sentencing Alternative (DOSA) that would reduce her sentence and require drug treatment. Ochoa has been ordered to undergo DOSA screening.
Moses Lake police spotted Ochoa driving a stolen 2001 BMW on Oct. 9 after it was reported stolen in Warden earlier in the day. Ochoa took off at a high rate of speed following an attempted traffic stop.
Dash cam video shows Ochoa continue onto West Broadway and East Broadway avenues before making her way into state Route 17 heading north, running several red lights. Officers followed the vehicle along Patton Boulevard, through the Larson housing community and eventually back onto SR 17.
Ochoa continued onto Airway Drive, through several neighborhoods and back onto SR 17, this time heading south.
Moses Lake police say Ochoa continued back onto East Broadway Avenue before heading along county roads. Police successfully used spike strips on the vehicle, slowing the chase until Ochoa got the vehicle stuck while trying to make a U-turn on Road 7 Northeast.
Body cam video shows an officer break the driver’s side window before Ochoa is pulled from the car and taken into custody.
Ochoa was previously sentenced to 40 days in jail under a first time offender waiver for a March 26, 2018 pursuit near Royal City, also involving a stolen vehicle.