Middleton man rams garage, leads police on chase

December 24, 2013 

Lawrence Demarse, 50, refused to pull over for police and led deputies on a chase through Middleton and along Interstate 84 to Caldwell.

Officers later abandoned the pursuit because of hazardous road conditions. Demarse was later spotted headed west on Idaho 19 toward Greenleaf. Deputies found Demarse sitting in the truck outside a residence.

Police were originally called at 10:09 p.m. to respond to a reported domestic violence call at a residence in the 24000 block of Willis Creek Road in Middleton.

Deputies were advised that Demarse was on a pre-trial release after being accused of felony malicious injury to property and violation of a civil protection order and a no contact order involving the same victim.

Officers were unable to locate Demarse and began searching the nearby area. They later received a call advising them that Demarse had returned to the residence and rammed his Ford pickup into the victim's closed garage door before leaving a second time.

Deputies located the suspect leaving the area and tried to pull him over. He refused to stop and led police on a chase through Middleton and onto Interstate 84 toward Caldwell.

Because of hazardous road conditions, deputies called off the pursuit.

Demarse was later spotted heading west on Idaho 19 toward Greenleaf. He was later found sitting in his pickup outside a residence.

Deputies had to use a police dog to get Demarse to leave the vehicle. He allegedly struck the dog, but police were able to take him into custody after the suspect suffered minor injuries.

Demarse was taken to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries, where police said he became disruptive and assaultive toward the medical staff. He was later taken to the Canyon County Jail in Caldwell.

He was charged with felony stalking, malicious injury to property, violation of a no contact order, two counts of violation of a civil protection order, eluding police and resisting and obstructing officers.

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