While many drivers were searching for parking spaces at stores early Friday afternoon, Idaho State Police and officers from Ada County, Meridian, Nampa, Canyon County and Caldwell had their own “Black Friday Parade” on I-84 during a 26 mile chase that reached speeds exceeding 100 m.p.h. and ended in a crash with ISP units. Joshua J. McNair, 33, of Spokane Valley, Washington was booked into the Canyon County jail and charged with felony eluding a police officer.
Here is the ISP account of the event:
On November 27, 2015, at approximately 12:15 p.m., the Idaho State Police received information from a witness reporting an impaired driver at the Boise Stage Stop. The witness stated the vehicle, a 1993 Mercury Topaz, had damage, possibly from a recent crash. ISP troopers located the vehicle travelling westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 53 and conducted a traffic stop.
During the investigation, the driver ran back to his vehicle and fled. ISP initiated a pursuit. Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Meridian Police Department, Nampa Police Department, Caldwell Police Department, and Canyon County Sheriff’s Office assisted ISP as they attempted to apprehend the suspect. Near milepost 27, the driver drove over spike strips, lost control, and crashed. He continued to attempt to flee. Officers pinned the vehicle to prevent a continued pursuit.
The driver was identified as Joshua McNair, 33, of Spokane Valley, Washington. As a result of the investigation, McNair was booked into Canyon County Jail for Felony Eluding, and is still under investigation for Driving Under the Influence.
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