Benny Sanchez Jr. is being held in the Canyon County Jail on felony charges of eluding arrest and grand theft after Nampa police say he led them on a high-speed car pursuit early Monday morning that ended after officers put down spike strips on Powerline Road.
Once out of the car, Nampa police say they had to use a Taser twice on the 27-year-old Sanchez to arrest him.
The pursuit began just before 1 a.m. Monday after a Nampa patrol officer tried to pull over a green 1996 Ford minivan on Caldwell Boulevard near Karcher Road because it appeared the driver was intoxicated, according to reports.
Police say the driver of the van, later identified as Sanchez Jr., took off eastbound on Caldwell Boulevard at high rate of speed.
It was during the pursuit that police figured out the minivan had recently been reported stolen in Caldwell.
Police say Sanchez Jr. drove through red lights and stop signs before the pursuit came to an end on South Powerline Road. Police say Sanchez Jr. kept driving the van on a flattened tire for a short period of time before stopping and getting out.
Police say Sanchez, who smelled strongly of alcohol, didnt cooperate with verbal commands, at one point getting off the ground when officers walked up to arrest him. That was the first time police used a Taser. They had to use it again when Sanchez struggled when officers were trying to handcuff him, according to reports.
Police reports do not say if Sanchez knew the owner of the van or when it was stolen. Police had to take a blood sample for later evidence testing when Sanchez refused to take a breath test, according to reports.
Sanchez is also charged with a misdemeanor counts of DUI, driving without a valid license, and resisting arrest.
Sanchez will make his initial court appearance Monday afternoon.
The crimes of grand theft is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. If someone is convicted of felony eluding, their drivers license can be revoked for three years.