CALDWELL — A motorist trying to shake a Caldwell police officer pursuing him this afternoon cut through the Fairview Golf Course, almost struck a golfer, nearly drove into an adjacent canal and briefly escaped before encountering police again.
Juan Valentin Cervantes, 22, of Nampa jumped out of the 1994 Lincoln Town Car he was driving and ran inside an open apartment door. Officers found him hiding inside the apartment and took him into custody without incident, according to a written report from the Caldwell Police Department.
Cervantes was taken to the Canyon County Jail, where he was charged with felony eluding, resisting and obstructing and failure to purchase a driver's license.
An officer tried to pull Cervantes over for failing to signal and for a lane change violation near South 10th Avenue and Everett Street at about 2:35 p.m. The driver failed to stop and instead turned down a dead-end road next to the golf course.
Cervantes sped onto the course, where he nearly struck a golfer, police said. As the officer pursued the Town Car, the vehicle headed toward the canal. He put the car into reverse and nearly struck the patrol car, police said.
The officer and other patrol cars that joined in the chase terminated their pursuit when Cervantes entered a nearby neighborhood at high speed.
Shortly afterward, Cervantes turned a corner and drove past the officers and they chased him again. They followed Cervantes into the apartment complex, where he jumped from his car while it was still moving forward.