Eagle man leads police on 100 mph chase, eludes capture for a day

September 20, 2013 

An Eagle man is in jail after Meridian Police said he led officers on a high-speed chase Wednesday night.

An officer tried to pull over Rick Brian Squires on Eagle Road, but the 56-year-old took off, Meridian Police Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea said. With officers in pursuit, the chase reached speeds of 100 miles per hour, he said.

A squad car was damaged when it attempted to stop Squires by ramming his vehicle. The officer was uninjured, Basterrechea said.

Police say the suspect eventually stopped his car near Floating Feather Road and fled on foot, escaping the pursuing officers for nearly 24 hours.

Squires was arrested Thursday night at the WinCo in Eagle. Meridian Police and the Ada County Sheriff’s Office learned his location after Squires contacted an acquaintance for help, Basterrechea said.

He is facing charges of felony DUI, felony attempting to elude an officer and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Police think Squires was intoxicated when he led them on the chase. Although officers were unable to apprehend him in time to perform a blood or breath test, Basterrechea said there was enough probable cause to charge Squires with DUI. Squires has two prior DUI convictions.

He was booked into Ada County Jail on Thursday night. Squires is set to appear in court Friday afternoon.

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