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ATV chase wrangles up two wanted felons

July 28, 2018

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday, July 25 at about 2:45 p.m. the Blythe Police Department received information that two wanted felons were riding an ATV southbound on a canal bank along the Colorado River near 10th Avenue. The operator of the ATV was identified as 35-year-old Israel Zarate of Blythe and the passenger as Debra Dutton age 34 also of Blythe.

It was confirmed by Police that Zarate and Dutton both had outstanding felony warrants for their arrest.

Chief Jeff Wade located the ATV southbound on the canal bank near Quechan Park, and recognized both Zarate and Dutton. When Chief Wade activated the emergency lights on his police vehicle to stop the ATV, Zarate accelerated and attempted to flee. While fleeing Zarate drove the ATV towards a Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy in a marked police vehicle and Blythe Police Detective Sergeant K. Walnoha in an unmarked police vehicle. The Deputy and Det. Sgt. Walnoha both had their emergency lights activated and were simply stopped on the edge of the roadway.

Chief Wade pursued the pair to the 3600 block of Colorado River Rd. where Zarate lost control and flipped the ATV. Zarate and Dutton were arrested without further resistance.

Zarate and Dutton were not wearing helmets, and luckily only sustained minor abrasions. Zarate and Dutton were treated at Palo Verde Hospital and released to Police.

Zarate was booked on a no bail warrant for vehicle theft and Dutton on her no bail warrants for transportation/ sales of narcotics and violation of probation. Additional charges will be requested against Zarate and Dutton for resisting/delaying and obstructing a police officer and against Zarate for operating a vehicle with the V.I.N. removed.

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Anyone with information regarding this case, or any other crime, is urged to contact Blythe Police Department at 922-6111, or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273) or by E-Mail.

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