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Florida man sentenced in Idaho Falls after running from police

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Jordan Lucas | Bonneville County Jail

IDAHO FALLS — A judge placed a Florida man on a rider program after running from cops who tried pulling him over in March.

Jordan Lucas, 26, will spend up to a year in a rider program as ordered on Wednesday by District Judge Bruce Pickett. Lucas pleaded guilty to felony eluding and felony possession of a controlled substance. As part of a plea agreement made with prosecutors, a slew of additional charges were dismissed.

A rider is when a judge sends a person to prison for up to a year to undergo different treatment programs. When the inmate has completed the program, the judge can then decide to send them back to prison or release them on probation. Pickett gave Lucas an underlying sentence of two to 11 years in prison if not successful on the rider.

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Police reports show that on March 31, Idaho State Police tried pulling over a 1994 Honda Civic near Broadway Street and Interstate 15 in Idaho Falls. Lucas, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, drove away, and troopers used a PIT maneuver to stop the pursuit.

Lucas ran away from the car. He resisted arrest, and troopers used a Taser to subdue him.

Inside the car, troopers said they found methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Pickett also ordered Lucas to pay over $2,000 in fees and fines.