SOAP LAKE – An Ephrata man who led police on a high-speed pursuit near Soap Lake was sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Richard L. Lester, a 37-year-old man, pleaded guilty to attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle. Grant County Superior Court Judge John Antosz followed the attorneys’ recommendation and sentenced Lester to 60 days behind bars.

Deputies spotted Lester’s vehicle with a defective headlight heading east on state Route 28 early in the morning on Jan. 21. Lester pulled into a gas station parking lot and fled at a high rate of speed, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say Lester eventually turned onto Road 20 Northwest where he slammed on his brakes and turned around, passing a deputy.

Lester slammed on his brakes again before continuing back on SR 28 at about 95 mph and coming to a stop on Road A Northwest.

Deputies yelled for the driver to exit the vehicle as Lester stated several times “shoot me” as he was punching the dash and steering wheel.

Lester briefly got out of his car before getting back in and driving off at slow speeds. He drove over spike strips near Road A.7 Northwest, turned around and headed toward police vehicles. Lester then stopped, revved the engine and proceeded to drive over another set of spike strips.

Deputies say Lester stopped a final time on Road A and was arrested. 

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