Tyler Chipman, 19, was arrested early Monday morning on various charges after reportedly fleeing from a traffic stop in Meridian, leading officers on a chase through that city and along nearly 80 miles of Interstate 84 that reached 100 mph, police said
The Ford Explorer traveled the final 30 miles of that chase on its rims, after spike strips flattened both front tires near Mountain Home, Meridian Deputy Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea said. The pursuit finally ended near Glenns Ferry when a Meridian police car rammed the Explorer in a PIT maneuver to end the pursuit, he said.
The Caldwell man was reported as a walkaway from the Canyon County Work Release Center. A Canyon County spokesman said Chipman did not return on June 12 to continue serving his sentence on misdemeanor probation violation and paraphernalia charges.
The chase began about 12:10 a.m when Meridian police spotted what appeared to be an impaired driver and pulled the SUV over on South Main Street near Watertower Street. When officers asked the man, identified as Chipman, to step out of the vehicle for field sobriety tests, he drove away at high speed, police said.
The driver sped down Cherry Lane and Ten Mile Road before entering eastbound I-84 at Ten Mile, reportedly driving recklessly and almost hitting a semi-truck while passing it on the right shoulder, police said.
Chipman was booked into the Elmore County Jail on charges of felony eluding, driving under the influence of drugs, marijuana possession, paraphernalia possession and failure to purchase a driver’s license.