Police pursuit ends after stolen vehicle crashes in Pocatello

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Police and fire units respond to the scene of an accident near Yellowstone Avenue and Pole Line Road in Pocatello. | Idaho State Journal

POCATELLO — A police pursuit of a stolen vehicle that started in Power County on Monday afternoon ended in a car crash at Yellowstone Avenue and Pole Line Road in Pocatello.

According to authorities, nobody was injured in the crash and two people have been taken into custody.

A 2002 white Chevy Tahoe was reported stolen from a home in Burley at approximately 2 p.m. After reporting the theft to the police, Cody Garrard, the vehicle’s owner, contacted his father-in-law, Keith Couch, and told him the Tahoe was stolen. At the time, Couch was working in American Falls.

Ironically, at approximately 3:45 p.m., Couch spotted the Tahoe traveling eastbound on Interstate 86. Couch pulled up alongside the vehicle and signaled at the driver to pull over. However, Couch said the driver responded by giving him the finger.

Couch then contacted the police, and when authorities found the Tahoe on I-86, the driver of the stolen vehicle took off, leading to a high-speed pursuit.

According to the Power County Sheriff’s Office, there was an officer-involved shooting during the pursuit that will be investigated by the East Idaho Critical Incident Team. The sheriff’s office also said that there were no serious injuries resulting from the gun being discharged, but did not elaborate any further.

The chase then entered Bannock County, with police pursuing the suspects through Pocatello.

Ultimately, the chase ended after the Tahoe crashed into a pickup truck at Yellowstone Avenue and Pole Line Road at approximately 4:30 p.m.

According to the Power County Sheriff’s Office, the driver of the stolen Tahoe and a passenger were both juveniles.

Multiple agencies responded to the pursuit and resulting crash, including the Idaho State Police, the Power County Sheriff’s Office, the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office, the Pocatello Police Department and the Pocatello Fire Department.

This story was originally posted on Idaho State Journal. It is shared here with permission.

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