A truck driver fleeing an Elmore County deputy Tuesday in a stolen truck tried several times to disengage his trailer by swerving at high speeds, authorities said.
The driver, later identified as Anthony Lyle Foster, drove the truck at speeds up to 86 on mountain roads heading from Pine toward Highway 20.
The pursuit ended when the suspect crashed on a curve at Milepost 4 on the Pine-Featherville road. Foster jumped out of the cab and ran away, leaving his female passenger in the truck.
Deputies found the suspect lying in a field of sagebrush and took him into custody without incident.
Foster was taken by ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, where he was treated and released. He was then taken to the Elmore County Detention Center.
No details were available Tuesday evening on Foster’s age and hometown, nor when the pursuit began. A dispatcher and a corrections deputy referred questions to Sheriff Rick Layher and Chief Deputy Mike Barclay, who were not available.
The incident began when a deputy pulled over the driver of the tractor and 25-foot trailer for failing to maintain his lane near Pine.
The deputy observed the photo on the driver’s license he was given did not match the driver. He later learned the driver’s true identity and found out his license was suspended.
The deputy asked Foster to get out of the truck and that’s when he sped away.
The female passenger was not injured in the pursuit and was not taken into custody.
Foster has a lengthy criminal history, police said, and had an active warrant from Texas. Elmore County did not provide details on the nature of the warrant.
He was charged in the Elmore County incident with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools, unlawful entry, eluding and driving without privileges.
Elmore County deputies are also conferring with other agencies, including the Jerome Police Department and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office in Bakersfield, Calif., where Foster may have committed other crimes.