Sunday, March 21, 2010

High Speed Pursuit in Jerome County

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Region 4 Patrol 218 West Yakima, Jerome, ID (208) 324-6000
Fax (208) 324-7897
For further information, contact Captain Kedrick Wills at (208)324-6000 or (208)736-3070

For Immediate Release: 03/21/2010 11:00 pm
Contact: Sergeant Keith Thompson

On 3/20/2010, at 9:06 p.m., Idaho State Police Trooper Gates attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a blue Toyota Paseo for two hazardous moving violations and fictitious license plates. The vehicle failed to yield and attempted to elude police in a high speed pursuit reaching speeds of a 100 mph and lasting approximately 40 minutes in length. The pursuit remained in the Jerome County area traveling on multiple county roads in all directions. Jerome County Deputies as well as other ISP troopers assisted in ending the pursuit.

To terminate the pursuit a hollow spike system was laid out near 2700 E and 1010 S. The Toyota went over the hollow spikes, puncturing the two front tires. The Toyota continued to elude police and did not stop. Due to the hollow spike system failing to terminate the pursuit in a timely manner, and in order to ensure safety for everyone involved, Trooper Gates conducted a pursuit immobilization technique (PIT maneuver) on the vehicle. The vehicle spun out of control into the ditch causing it to roll over onto its top in a field.

No one was injured in the crash. The driver of the Toyota was identified as Robert C. Miles of Hazelton, Idaho. He was charged with multiple charges including felony eluding and had a felony and misdemeanor warrant for his arrest due to probation violations out of Minidoka County.