PASCO - A suspected car thief was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly stole a pickup truck left running at a convenience store while the owner went inside for a cup of coffee.
Two suspects jumped into the unlocked 2001 white Chevy pickup outside the Road 68 Sun Mart about 7:30 a.m.
Police saw the truck headed east on Interstate 182 toward Walla Walla County and began following it, said Pasco Capt. Jim Raymond.
When the truck left the highway at East Lewis Street, officers tried to stop it in the 600 block of South Elm Street.
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The driver lost control of the truck and it crashed through a chain-link fence, knocked down a porch and glanced off a house at 632 S. Elm before colliding with a parked Ford Expedition.
A family of five were home at the time, but no one was hurt, said police.
The thieves ran away, but officers cordoned off the area and a Pasco police dog was called in to help track the men.
A short time later, officers saw the suspected driver of the stolen truck at Owens and Butte streets, casually strolling down the street in an attempt to sneak past the officers, said Raymond.
William E. Berry, 26, of Burbank, was arrested and booked into the Franklin County jail. The second suspect remains at large.
Some Pasco schools were locked down for a while Wednesday morning while police were searching for the suspects.