But the suspect didn't get very far, the Ada County Sheriff's Office reports, and Gary A. Zosel remained in the Ada County Jail Monday evening on a felony charge of possessing methamphetamine.
Zosel, 35, also faces charges of felony parole violation and two misdemeanors: eluding police and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The chain of events began just after 10 p.m. Saturday in the neighborhood of Overland and Cole roads when a patrol deputy was driving behind a black Nissan sedan with expired plates headed north on South Entertainment Drive. The driver, later identified as Zosel, took off at high speed, ACSO reports.
The deputy attempted to pull the Nissan over, but the driver continued into the parking lot of a hotel at the end of Entertainment Drive, jumped out of the car and ran across several lanes of traffic on Interstate 84 the sheriff's office reports. The Nissan crashed into a fence and some bushes.
The deputy stayed at the scene to make sure no one else was in the car or was hurt as a result of the crash. He called the suspect's description in to Ada County Dispatch.
Deputies later found Zosel near a pond on the Flying Wye and arrested him without further incident, ACSO reports. An Ada County drug dog found paraphernalia inside the wrecked car, and it later tested positive for methamphetamine.
Zosel was arraigned Monday and is being held on $50,000 bond. A public defender was appointed, and a preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 30.