A Brewster man led Okanogan County Sheriff's deputies on a high-speed chase Wednesday after stealing a vehicle on Cliff Avenue that had been left unattended to warm up.

According to the Okanogan County Sheriff's Department, Brewster police received a complaint of a stolen 2009 GMC Sierra around 8:00 am. At approximately 8:20 am, the truck was seen leaving McDonalds and turning northbound onto Old Highway 97 out of Brewster.

Eventually a sheriff's deputy spotted the vehicle just after 8:30 am in Malott and tried to initiate a traffic stop. A chase ensued, and as the suspects fled southbound on Old Highway 97 the vehicle's two passengers could be seen throwing items out of the truck.

Speeds reached up to 100 mph as the truck headed southbound on Monse River Road. Law enforcement then tried to deploy a spike strip, but it was ineffective.

Eventually, and for unknown reasons, the vehicle's driver lost control at the intersection of Monse River Road and Monse Bridge Road and crashed into a power pole.

All three of the vehicles occupants fled on foot with only the driver, 33-year-old Heliodoro Xhurape being caught. He was booked into the Okanogan County Jail for taking a motor vehicle without permission, attempting to elude, and driving charges.

"It's just a reminder for people. Please don't leave (your) vehicle unattended and unsecured while running." Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley said, "We've had a few of these already this year. I get it's cold weather and you want to warm (your vehicles) up, but stay attended to them or make sure they're secure so that somebody can't jump in it and take off and your vehicle ends up getting destroyed."

There appeared to be no injuries.

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