A 21-year-old Treasure Valley man was arrested Thursday afternoon, hours after a stolen pickup truck led Idaho State Police on a high-speed chase south of Lewiston on U.S. 95.
Idaho State Police identified David R. Pegram as the driver who sped recklessly on the highway, almost striking a patrol vehicle and other vehicles. Police tried unsuccessfully to stop the pickup truck with spike strips before using a "pit maneuver" to stop the pickup.
The pickup truck rolled, then the driver reportedly tried to hit an approaching trooper with the truck. The trooper fired his weapon, and the pickup continued south at high speed before veering into a historical site turnout and heading down an embankment to the Clearwater River's edge, ISP reports.
The driver exited the pickup, jumped into the river and swam across before disappearing into the trees on the south bank of the Clearwater.
The chase ended about 19 miles after it began about 9:45 a.m., ISP reports. Police identified the driver as Pegram and sought him throughout the day. They reported about 5:20 p.m. that he had been located and taken into custody..
Nez Perce Tribal Police, the Nez Perce and Lewis County sheriff's offices and Nez Perce County Search & Rescue assisted with the search. The Lewiston Police Department is investigating the trooper's discharge of his duty weapon according to standard protocol.