Nampa police say they were originally called about James R. Shepard, 48, because employees of the Wal-Mart at 2100 12th Ave. Road believed he had stolen some items and was driving away.
Dispatchers received the call at 1:54 a.m. A responding officer found Shepard’s older white Buick sedan near 12th Avenue Road and Lake Lowell Avenue, according to events as described in a Nampa police press release. Officers tried to stop the Buick near Pine Street and West Dewey Avenue, but the Buick led them on a chase, according to the press release.
The chase ended at 3rd Street South and Second Avenue South after one officer used a pursuit intervention technique maneuver to stop the Buick with his own car. Shepard allegedly tried to flee, but was arrested at the scene. He was taken to a hospital after complaining of chest pain, then taken to the Canyon County Jail.
Online court records list the following new charges for Shepard Tuesday: burglary, felony eluding, petit theft, driving on a suspended license, obstructing officers, driving under the influence and failure to show proof of insurance. He also was wanted for failure to appear in court, Nampa police said. He is expected to be arraigned on the new charges Tuesday afternoon.
According to online court records, Shepard has three other court cases pending in Canyon County. He has a July 7 pretrial scheduled for a misdemeanor charge of providing false information to an officer.On July 13, he’s expected to be arraigned on one misdemeanor count of malicious injury to property. In addition, he has an evidentiary hearing for a probation violation set for June 30 in a 2014 case where he was originally charged with battery, but later had that amended to disturbing the peace.