Updated: One Arrested After Traffic Stop on Stolen Vehicle Leads to W.F. West Lockdown


By The Chronicle

W.F. West High School briefly went into lockdown Friday morning while police chased a stolen vehicle through the area and arrested its driver.

The driver, Reina Martinez, 18, of Centralia, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and attempting to elude a police officer.

According to the Chehalis Police Department, at 10:20 a.m. on Friday, a Chehalis police officer attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding through a 20 mph school zone.

The vehicle, a white Nissan Murano, did not pull over and fled north on Market Boulevard before turning onto 17th Street.

The vehicle came to a stop where 17th Street dead ends at the W.F. West High School parking lot.

One of the vehicle’s four occupants jumped out and fled on foot. The remaining three were detained, including Martinez.

Two occupants were released, but the person who ran wasn’t located. Investigators are working to determine the person’s identity.

The school was on lockdown for approximately 10 minutes.