Canyon County

2 arrested after high-speed chase on Interstate 84 in Caldwell

Alvin R. Ramirez, 41, of Caldwell
Alvin R. Ramirez, 41, of Caldwell

Two Caldwell residents were arrested Thursday night following a police chase that stretched from the intersection of 10th Avenue and East Chicago Street to milepost 9 on westbound Interstate 84, according to a Caldwell Police Department press release.

Alvin R. Ramirez, 41, and Yesenia C. Ortiz, 38, both of Caldwell, were booked into the Canyon County Jail after reportedly speeding off from police who attempted a traffic stop.

A detective called in a possible drug deal between two male suspects at a convenience store at 10th and Chicago. One of the suspects started driving away from the scene in a silver Jaguar, and the detective attempted a traffic stop, for canceled registration and for speeding. But the driver did not pull over, instead dumping a “white substance” out of the window and taking off toward I-84, according to the release.

The driver reached speeds between 80 and 95 mph on I-84. Officers pursued the vehicle, and the Payette County Sheriff’s Office assisted by placing a spike strip at milepost 9. The spike strip deflated the suspect vehicle’s tires, and the driver stopped and fled on foot, according to the release.

Officers pursued on foot. The suspect fell into a canal and was later found hiding in some sagebrush with non-life-threatening injuries. Police found suspected methamphetamine in the vehicle. The driver was taken to the hospital and identified as Ramirez. The passenger, identified as Ortiz, was also arrested at the scene.

Ramirez faces pending charges of eluding an officer and possession of a controlled substance. Ortiz faces a resisting and obstructing misdemeanor charge.