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Man arrested in car chase Wednesday night wanted in Pasco for shooting ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend

March 29, 2019

A man arrested after a high-speed car chase through Spokane County on Wednesday night is wanted in Pasco on suspicion that he shot his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend.

Jaime Balderas, 26, of Pasco, was arrested Wednesday night after a car chase that reached speeds more than 100 miles per hour, according to the Washington State Patrol. The chase started in Spokane Valley when a trooper gave chase. Balderas was driving a 2018 Black Ford F150 pickup, which blew all its tires and was driving on its rims, sending sparks flying into the air.

The chase, which lasted about an hour, ended 6 miles east of Creston along U.S. Highway 2 when the truck rolled over from a Pursuit Intervention Technique maneuver by troopers. No one, including two passengers in the truck, was seriously injured.

The two passengers were not arrested, and troopers arrested Balderas on charges of evading and suspicion of driving under the influence.

The Tri-City Herald reported that Balderas allegedly shot Victor H. Maldonado-Iniguez three times, including once in the lung, on Jan. 11 in Pasco. Balderas is wanted on a $500,000 warrant.

Maldonado-Iniguez survived the shooting, according to the article.

Balderas had gone to his ex-girlfriend’s house that day to see his children, when Maldonado-Iniguez asked him a question. The two men started arguing and Balderas allegedly pulled out a gun, shot the man and fled, according to the Tri-City Herald.

Emily Sanchez, Balderas’ ex-girlfriend, was arrested for possession of methamphetamine after the shooting, according to the article. A police officer found 228 grams of meth in her bag before she was taken to the police station for questioning over the shooting, according to records.

Balderas is not legally allowed to own a gun because of a prior felony conviction for robbery, according to the Tri-City Herald.