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Details released on I-15 police pursuit

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Bryan J. Beck, left, and Christopher W. Hudson

The following is a news release from the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office. It gives more details on the incident that blocked traffic on Interstate 15 in the Idaho Falls area Tuesday.

IDAHO FALLS — On Feb. 9, at approximately 4:37 p.m., a Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a maroon Lincoln Town Car with two occupants for a traffic violation on I-15 south bound near the Sunnyside Exit (MP 116).

The vehicle was traveling approximately 50 miles per hour and failed to yield to the deputy’s lights and sirens. During this time the deputy noticed that the Lincoln’s hood was attached by a bungee cord and was in danger of flying up into traffic or obstructing the driver’s view.

Due to safety concerns from the vehicle’s hood, the deputy attempted to get in front of the car and slow it down to a stop. During this time, the suspects rammed in to the back of the deputy’s patrol car as well as the sides. The deputy then forced the vehicle into the snow-covered median, where it came to a stop.

At that time the driver fled on foot and was apprehended by assisting deputies in a nearby field. The passenger remained in the vehicle and was taken into custody as well.

The driver was identified as Christopher W. Hudson, 33, of Idaho Falls, and was found to have an active felony warrant from the Idaho Department of Corrections. The passenger was identified as Bryan J. Beck, 26, of Idaho Falls, and found to have an active warrant out of Bonneville County for probation violation.

While on scene, deputies located multiple items (such as) drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine, totaling approximately 4 ounces, inside the car and in the field where Hudson was apprehended. Both Hudson and Beck were booked in to the Bonneville County Jail for their respective warrants and felony drug trafficking. Hudson was also charged with aggravated battery for his actions in ramming the deputy’s patrol car.