West Ada

Police: Meridian man arrested after motorcycle chase

A Meridian man was arrested after a brief motorcycle chase with police Tuesday, according to police.

Meridian police responded to a call about a possible drunken driver at about 3:30 p.m. They found the driver on his motorcycle near the intersection of Linder Road and West Monument Street, situated behind Sawtooth Middle School.

When officers flashed their lights, the driver — Austin Tucker, 22, of Meridian — fled on his motorcycle, according to Meridian Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea. Officers found him again near White Sands Drive, hiding behind a trailer, Basterrechea said.

According to Basterrechea, Tucker then fled on foot, jumping a fence into a resident's backyard in the 800 block of White Sands. Police found Tucker hiding in the backyard.

Police also discovered the motorcycle had been called in as stolen, Basterrechea said.

Meridian police listed Tucker as charged with driving under the influence, driving without privileges, resisting or obstructing officers, unlawful entry, eluding or fleeing police and grand theft. He was not yet listed in Idaho’s online court repository Wednesday morning.

He is expected to be arraigned in Ada County Court Wednesday afternoon.