EAST WENATCHEE — East Wenatchee police shut down access to the Wenatchee Valley Mall on Wednesday night after a motorist drove through the entry, and traveled almost the length of the building before exiting through the same doors.
A video posted to social media showed a white four-door wagon with Washington plates as it left the mall building close to 6 p.m., after the driver steered it in through the main entrance, drove left past a dozen shopfronts to the interior entrance of Sportsmans Warehouse, then turned and drove back to the main entrance and left.
Came through the front, drove down to Sportsman’s warehouse, did a U-y and went back out. Wenatchee you wild! pic.twitter.com/O0yOGk61rc— kerstion (@_private_pyle) May 9, 2019
A second video showed the same car passing slowly by shopfronts, while customers and employees sheltered in their stores and made recordings with their phones. The vehicle traveled at low speed and witnesses said no one was struck or injured.
Wth East Wenatchee mall wildin 😂 pic.twitter.com/LwMIyqGJBh— megan (@MeganDeich) May 9, 2019
To enter and exit, the car passed through a common area between several food shops where mallgoers often sit to eat.
"It sounded like a bomb as soon as he hit," one mall employee wrote on Twitter. "I’m very thankful that people got out of the way and that there was no kids sitting at the tables that they sit at every day."
Witnesses indicated the driver was stopped by police nearby shortly after exiting the mall. Chelan County jail records show a Francisco Samuel Kehoe, 31, was booked at 8:50 p.m. on suspicion of charges that appeared related to the incident, including DUI, methamphetamine possession, hit and run and reckless endangerment.