Local man appears in court after high speed chase


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Cameron Kent Carlson | Bingham County Jail

BLACKFOOT — A Blackfoot man made his first appearance in court Tuesday after he was allegedly involved in a high-speed chase.

Cameron Kent Carlson, 31, was arrested Saturday after a police pursuit through Blackfoot and onto Interstate 15.

The Bingham County Sheriff’s office confirms the Blackfoot Police received a call about a man trying to kick open an apartment door on Rich Street. Deputies responded to the scene and were told Carlson had left in a red van.

A deputy later saw Carlson’s vehicle and tried to pull him over. Carlson then took off at high speeds through town.

Carlson was traveling close to 20 miles over the speed limit in areas that were marked as 30 mph. The chase started around 6:30 p.m. on Shilling Avenue and continued westbound onto Bridge Street through Blackfoot.

Carlson entered I-15 headed northbound going up to 105 mph, according to police reports. The Idaho State Police assisted in the chase and deployed a spike strip at milepost 108. He continued driving to for a mile after running over the strip until his tires became flat.

He responded to officers commands after his car came to a stop and did not try to flee on foot.

Carlson was charged with felony eluding and misdemeanor driving without privileges. The Blackfoot Police Department issued a citation for malicious injury to property for allegedly kicking the apartment door.

He received a $15,000 bond, but has not posted and is still incarcerated at the Bingham County Jail, according to the sheriff’s office. He also had a $300 bond for malicious injury to property.