Fake 911 call fails to take heat off suspect chased by Meridian police

Meridian police say Ryan D. Bevard tried to outsmart officers pursuing him Monday after he tried to pass fake $50 bills at a Meridian Wal-Mart. But his efforts merely brought the 25-year-old a trip to jail.

As police pursued Bevard in what police Lt. Berle Stokes called a “low-speed pursuit” shortly after 3 p.m., the Bevard picked up his phone and dialed 911. Stokes said Bevard told a dispatcher that he was calling to report a shooting at a house in the 900 block of North Clara Road, about six miles west of where Bevard was driving on Eagle Road.

“He was trying to divert the officers from pursuing him,” Stokes said. “Of course, we have to take all of those calls seriously, so we did send officers there, but obviously didn’t leave him like he thought we would.”

Suspects often make phone calls while they are being chased, Stokes said. The officers pursuing Bevard were aware that the shots-fired call came in at the same time they saw him on the phone.

Earlier, security officers at the Wal-Mart at 4097 E. Fairview Ave. became suspicious after Bevard tried to buy electronics gear with phony bills. “I don’t think they were the best counterfeit bills on earth,” Stokes said.

An employee called police, and officers quickly spotted Bevard driving south on Eagle Road. He went into a neighborhood and came back out on Eagle near East Easy Jet Drive, where police performed a PIT (precision immobilization technique) maneuver, ramming the car at an angle to spin it and force the driver to stop.

The entire pursuit took about five minutes, and Bevard was taken into custody without incident, Stokes said.

Bevard was taken to the Ada County Jail in Boise, where he was charged with forgery, initiating a false 911 report, attempting to elude police, drug-paraphernalia possession and driving without privileges. He was arraigned Tuesday. Bail was set at $75,000.

Bevard was also served Tuesday with a criminal complaint charging him with two counts of possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia possession for an incident that took place in April. The case was sealed after it was filed May 15, and it was unsealed after he was arrested in the Meridian case. He was also arraigned Tuesday in that case, with bail set at $50,000.

A preliminary hearing in both cases is scheduled Tuesday, June 23 in 4th District Magistrate Court.

At the time of his arrest, Bevard was on probation for two burglary cases and a grand theft. He had been under supervision since being released from prison in January 2013.