What started as an attempted traffic stop in Payette ended in a police chase and shooting on Interstate 84, according to Idaho State Police Capt. Bill Gardiner.
The man involved, David Michael Grant, 46, of Harrison, is recovering in a Boise hospital. The motive for Grant’s actions remains unclear.
Payette Police Department officers attempted to stop a black sedan around 11:40 p.m. Monday when the driver failed to yield to an emergency vehicle, according to a Payette County Sheriff’s Office press release.
But the driver kept going and officers pursued the sedan south on U.S. Highway 95 toward Fruitland, according to the release. Fruitland Police Officers used spike strips, deflating one tire but only slowing the sedan, not stopping it, ISP said.
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The sedan carried on toward I-84, where its driver tried to head the wrong way down the westbound offramp at exit 3. Before he reached the end of the offramp, he swerved into a guard rail, “then turned around and accelerated back toward the pursuing officers,” Gardiner said in an updated statement sent out a little before noon Tuesday.
The driver attempted to turn around as police attempted to box him in, said the sheriff’s office. According to ISP, a Fruitland police officer left his vehicle and gave unspecified commands to the driver. The man ignored him “and a confrontation ensued,” with the Fruitland officer eventually shooting the man.
Officers rendered first aid right after the shooting; the man was later taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, where he was in stable condition as of late Tuesday morning.
ISP is investigating the shooting.
In a statement, Fruitland Police Chief JD Huff promised close cooperation with ISP and “a thorough and complete investigation.”
The westbound Exit 3 off-ramp onto I-84 from Highway 95 was closed until 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Since 1995, Grant was convicted five times for driving under the influence of intoxicants. Four of the cases took place in Benewah County, with the most recent one from 2008 in Kootenai County.
In 2009, he pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, in a Kootenai County case.
Harrison is located between Coeur d’Alene and St. Maries in Kootenai County.