Whitman County Sheriff’s Office
COLFAX, WA- Wednesday evening, deputies from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop the driver of an alleged stolen vehicle who was also believed to be driving under the influence and posing a substantial risk to public safety.
The incident initially began south of Colfax when the stolen vehicle was spotted by a WSUPD Officer who was traveling to Colfax for a meeting. That officer attempted to stop the vehicle but discontinued it before entering Colfax when the vehicle accelerated to speeds of nearly 100 MPH.
A Whitman County Deputy then observed the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed through town before turning westbound onto SR 26. The deputy followed the vehicle which continued to travel at a high rate of speed. As the vehicle continued westbound the deputy observed several other violations consistent with operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. At that time, deputies again attempted to stop the vehicle which initiated a pursuit when the driver failed to pull over.
Deputies continued to pursue the driver at speeds of over 100 MPH for the next 45 miles across the county line into Adams County. The vehicle was finally stopped just west of Washtucna when WSP Officers successfully deployed spike strips, defeating three of the tires on the vehicle.
The driver, identified as 29yoa Brandin Rencken of Walla Walla, was safely taken into custody and booked on Charges of Felony Eluding and Driving Under the Influence and Theft of a Motor Vehicle. Rencken has a lengthy criminal history including prior charges of Motor Vehicle Theft, Property Crimes, and Narcotics Violations. Rencken is scheduled to have his first appearance in Superior Court later this afternoon.