Magic Valley car chase ends in crash near Bliss, people injured

Published: Oct. 16, 2019 at 8:39 PM MDT
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UPDATE (10/17, 12:11 p.m.):

New information this morning on a police chase near Bliss Wednesday.

Officials tell KMVT, just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday Twin Falls County deputies responded to a report of a black Honda Civic leaving a Hollister business without paying.

Officers located the vehicle on U.S. Highway 93 and tried to stop the vehicle.

That's when the suspect fled and officers lost sight of the car.

The driver was once again spotted in Jerome County, where a police officer once again tried to stop the vehicle. However, the suspect fled yet again.

Troopers chased the vehicle on Interstate 84 to where officers had stopped traffic.

The driver of the vehicle swerved toward a Gooding city officer, lost control of his vehicle, and crashed into an unoccupied Shoshone Police Department patrol vehicle.

The suspect was transported to Boise for injuries.

A Gooding city officer sustained minor injuries from debris, when avoiding being struck by the suspect.


Between 5 and 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, Twin Falls County Officers ended up pursuing a suspect which took them into Jerome County, onto Interstate 84 and eventually ending in Bliss when the suspect crashed their vehicle into a police car.

Jerome Police, Jerome County Sheriff's, Shoshone Police and Idaho State Police all assisted in the pursuit.

"Very minor injuries at this point," said Sgt. Michael Wendler. "A couple people were transported but nothing appears to be life threatening. It was only though the cooperation of multiple agencies and coordination that this was able to be brought to a successful end without endangering or injuring others."

The pursuit is still under investigation. The suspect was taken into custody following the crash to be treated for their injuries. They have yet to be identified.

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