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Man arrested after Sunday night chase had allegedly violated parole

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Ricky James Wallace | Bannock County Jail

POCATELLO — A Blackfoot man arrested after a high-speed chase last Sunday night in Pocatello was wanted for a parole violation.

Ricky James Wallace, 54, was on parole following a 2017 arrest and conviction for drug possession. But he “failed to maintain contact with his parole officer,” Idaho Department of Correction spokesman Jeff Ray told

Wallace’s “absconding from parole” was a violation of a plea agreement that reduced his prison sentence from three years to 18 months.

He was spotted in Fort Hall just after midnight. When Fort Hall police attempted a traffic stop, Wallace sped away, getting onto southbound Interstate 15 toward Pocatello.

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Pocatello police deployed spike strips near the Pocatello Creek Road exit, successfully deflating Wallace’s tires, Lt. John Walker said. But Wallace kept driving. He exited on Clark Street and heading toward downtown. He finally lost control of his vehicle near the intersection of Clark Street and Pocatello Avenue.

Officers used a Taser on Wallace when he tried to run and took him into custody.

No court date has been set for Wallace at this time.