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Man who tried to skate away from police sent to prison for domestic violence

Crime Watch

IDAHO FALLS — An Idaho Falls man who tried to skate away from police after attacking a woman will now head to prison.

Zacery Farley, 26, received a three to 10-year prison sentence on Monday by District Judge Joel Tingey. Farley pleaded guilty in March to felony attempted strangulation, felony domestic battery and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

As part of a plea agreement made with prosecutors, a witness intimidation charge was dismissed. The dismissed charge stemmed from Farley allegedly calling the victim from jail and asking her not to give up on him.

The Idaho Falls Police Department arrested Farley in September after an argument turned physical. According to court documents, Farley tried to strangle the woman, and she felt as if she would black out. Police found red marks on the victim’s throat as well as other signs of domestic violence.

When police arrived, Farley took off on a longboard. A neighbor’s doorbell camera captured him attempting to get away with officers’ red and blue lights not far behind.

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Officers eventually boxed Farley in, and he ditched the longboard to run on foot. An officer tried using a Taser, but Farley kept running. Farley then slid on the ground, and police struggled with him to place him into handcuffs. Once in the back of the patrol vehicle, he claimed to be injured and unable to walk.

The department took Farley to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, where doctors cleared him with tests and X-rays.

The longboard incident was not the first time Farley had a run-in with the police. In March 2020, officers arrested Farley on felony charges for another alleged domestic incident with the same woman. However, the charges were dismissed after the victim did not show up to testify at his preliminary hearing.

In addition to the time in prison, Tingey also ordered Farley to pay $1,533 in fees and fines, according to court records.

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