Fugitive led officers on high-speed chase from Caldwell to Nampa, police say

Statesman staffNovember 19, 2013 

An Idaho Department of Corrections fugitive was arrested Tuesday after police said he led officers on a high-speed chase from Caldwell to Nampa.

Francisco Pancho Bautista, 38, and passenger Kristie Marie Davis, 27, were booked into Canyon County Jail on multiple charges after the pursuit, which at one point passed in front of a school.

The chase began at around 3 p.m. near the intersection of Marble Front Road and Illinois Avenue, when Caldwell officers said they located a 2001 Ford Expedition that was reported stolen. When officers attempted to stop the vehicle, the driver — later identified as Bautista — initiated the pursuit, police said.

Before the chase reached Interstate 84, vehicles also sped down Ward Road — passing by Vision Charter School. Police later found drugs and drug paraphernalia along Ward Road that they said were thrown from the Expedition.

Once the pursuit reached I-84, it continued toward Nampa. Canyon County sheriff's deputies used spike strips to deflated the Expedition's tires near exit 33. Nampa police and Canyon County deputies helped Caldwell officers stop the vehicle near the intersection of Caldwell and Midland boulevards.

Bautista, whose last known address is in Star, and Davis, whose last known address is in Nampa, were arrested without further incident.

After his arrest, it was determined that Bautista was an IDOC fugitive and also had a $100,000 arrest warrant out of Canyon County. Davis had two outstanding warrants, police said.

Bautista and Davis were charged with grand theft by possession, felony eluding and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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