Suspect in high-speed pursuit identified

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by KTVB.COM

NWCN.com

Posted on August 28, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 8:58 PM

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho -- Investigators are releasing more information about a high-speed chase that began Sunday afternoon in Jerome and ended in Mountain Home.

Jerome Police Chief Dan Hall said 18-year-old David J. Miller of Filer has been booked into the Jerome County Jail for aggravated assault, felony eluding an officer, driving without privileges and possession of a stolen vehicle. Hall said there could also be a DUI charge added, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Hall said the chase began in Jerome. He said Miller called 911 to say he had stolen his mother's car and wanted to turn himself in to authorities.  But when officers approached Miller's vehicle on westbound I-84 near exit 168 in Jerome, they say he took off and brandished a handgun.  The handgun later turned out to be an airsoft pistol.  However, Hall said officers at the time thought it was a real handgun.

The high-speed pursuit continued westbound on I-84 into Elmore County and at times reaches speeds of 105 mph.  Police also said Miller crossed into the eastbound lanes on three different occasions. At one point, he drove westbound in the eastbound lanes for about three miles.

Authorities tried multiple times to stop Miller's vehicle and were finally able to stop the suspect with a pit maneuver around 4:30 p.m. at mile post 98 just east of Mountain Home.

The suspect was taken into custody and then taken to the Elmore County Medical Center to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. He was released from the medical center and booked into the Jerome County Jail.

The crash also started a 20-acre fire in that area after Miller's car sparked and caught fire. Mountain Home Fire and Bureau of Land Management crews responded and extinguished the fire.

Miller was arraigned on the charges in a Jerome County courtroom Monday. A judge set bond at $30,000. He is due back in court on Sept. 6 for a preliminary hearing.

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