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Suspect arrested following early morning pursuit

An early morning pursuit led to the arrest of a local man wanted on multiple felony charges from two states.  The suspect led police on a multi-state pursuit starting in Milton-Freewater heading north into Walla Walla, before going south back into Oregon.

On January 9th, Scott Allen McIntosh (49-years-old) was stopped by a Walla Walla Police Department Special Teams Detective.  The detective deployed a law enforcement narcotics canine on the vehicle being driven by McIntosh.  The K9 alerted on the vehicle. The vehicle was seized and a search warrant was obtained. McIntosh was arrested and lodged in the Walla Walla County Jail for possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in the first degree, possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), driving while license suspended in the third degree and possession of drug paraphernalia. McIntosh was later released from the Walla Walla County Jail.

On January 21st, McIntosh had another encounter with a Walla Walla Police Department Special Teams Detective.  The detective was patrolling Fort Walla Walla at approximately 8:30 pm, when he encountered a camper parked in a disabled parking stall with no permit. Suspecting someone possibly living in the vehicle, the detective knocked on the door.  McIntosh was found to be the occupant inside the camper. He called another licensed driver to the scene as his license remained suspended.  A law enforcement canine was deployed again and alerted to possible narcotics inside the vehicle. McIntosh was free to leave and the camper was seized pending application for a search warrant.

Upon service of the warrant, law enforcement discovered another stolen firearm, 3.5 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 3 ounces of cannabis, drug paraphernalia, ammunition and assorted other evidence items.  Law enforcement submitted charging documents to the Walla Walla County Prosecutor’s Office for two counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine and cannabis), possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of others identification.

Thursday morning, around 6:00 am, Milton-Freewater Police attempted to stop a white 1999 Toyota Avalon, in the area of 146 SE 9th in Milton-Freewater. The officer recognized the driver as McIntosh, and knew of outstanding warrants for McIntosh’s arrest. McIntosh failed to stop, leading the officer on a chase reaching speeds of 80 to 90 mph. McIntosh finally stopped near milepost 23 on Oregon Hwy 11 and was taken into police custody.

Agencies involved in the pursuit included Milton-Freewater Police, Walla Walla Police, Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police. The pursuit lasted about 33 minutes total, according to officials.

“This was a good example of multi-agency assistance and cooperation which led to an effective and safe resolution to a very dangerous incident,” Milton-Freewater Police Chief Doug Boedigheimer said in a released statement.

In addition to the outstanding charges in Washington State, McIntosh also had one felony warrant in Oregon.  He also faces additional charges including eluding police, reckless driving, and possession of a controlled substance.

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