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Car stolen when keys left in ignition


A stolen car was recovered after the thief led the car owner on a chase around Goldendale and eventually abandoned the car on Rimrock Road. The incident started around 2:30 a.m. on May 2, when a Goldendale teen stopped at a friend’s house and left his keys in his car. Shortly after entering the home, the teenager heard his car running and saw it being driven away. He borrowed the friend’s car and gave chase through the streets of Goldendale. At one point the pursuer attempted to cutoff the stolen car and the two vehicles collided. The stolen vehicle left town heading north and the police were finally called. The car was found on Rimrock Road and a police dog was called to the scene, but the driver was not found. However, a cell phone belonging to Ashley Barrett, of Goldendale was left behind. Barrett was arrested the next day following a confrontation in town with the owner of the stolen car. Barrett admitted stealing the car, claiming she needed it to get her car back from Maryhill where it was being held. Barrett was charged with felony motor vehicle theft, driving on a suspended license and reckless driving.

In other police action, a man described as extremely intoxicated was arrested for 4th degree assault in a home on the 400 block of North Columbus. Police were called to a residence by the victim who claimed to have been punched in the ribs by Colton Starkey. Starkey admitted to police that he had been sleeping and awoke and punched the victim. Starkey blew a .473 on the portable breath test and was transported to Klickitat Valley Hospital as a health precaution. Starkey was released and booked into the Klickitat County jail.


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