Woman could face eluding, drug charges for Thursday night trooper chase

By Jerzy Shedlock, Columbian staff writer

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A 29-year-old woman led Washington State Patrol troopers on a high-speed chase Thursday night that ended shortly after she crashed on the curve of a highway exit.

Melissa Maria Cereceres has been arrested on suspicion of eluding, possession of drug paraphernalia and drug possession, all felonies.

A trooper tried to pull over a vehicle with no license plates driving eastbound on state Highway 500 at Interstate 205 at about 7:47 p.m., according to trooper Will Finn.

The woman’s “vehicle accelerated and began actively fleeing the trooper,” Finn said in an email.

Cereceres performed a U-turn south of Fourth Plain Boulevard and struck a curb, troopers said. But she continued driving westbound on 500, reaching speeds of up to 90 mph, they said.

Cereceres slowed to 60 mph to exit to southbound I-205, but her vehicle lost control, slid off the roadway and got stuck in some grass, Finn said.

The pursuit apparently did not end there, as Cereceres exited the vehicle and took off on foot. She tripped and was apprehended by a trooper, Finn said.

“Drugs were located in the vehicle that have potential to bring felony charges on Cereceres,” the public information officer said. Finn did not have information on what type of drugs were allegedly found.

Troopers also determined Cereceres had an outstanding felony warrant for bail jumping from the Vancouver Police Department. She was booked into Clark County jail on the outstanding warrant.