Idaho Falls man leads deputies on chase


An Idaho Falls man led Bonneville County Sheriff’s deputies on a three-mile chase, which at times went through oncoming traffic, before he was arrested Friday.

Justin Crosby, 23, was booked into Bonneville County Jail for felony eluding an officer, felony possession of stolen

property and violating probation. At the time of his arrest, Crosby was wanted on a $50,000 misdemeanor warrant for failure to report for court-ordered supervised probation.

Deputy Josh Fielding said Crosby was driving a stolen four-door Buick when a deputy recognized the license plate on the intersection of Energy Drive and Fremont Avenue around 11:50 a.m. When the deputy tried to pull Crosby over, he fled, leading several deputies on a chase, Fielding said.

At the corner of 17th Street and Calkins Avenue, a deputy performed a pursuit immobilization technique, commonly referred to as a PIT maneuver, in which the deputy hit the suspect’s back bumper, causing the vehicle to lose traction and spin out.

A Sheriff’s Office news release said deputies decided to use the maneuver because Crosby was driving at high speeds into oncoming traffic.

Fielding said the vehicle ended up on the sidewalk at the intersection. He said there was minor damage to both the suspect’s vehicle and the patrol car.

Crosby was taken by deputies to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center to be cleared for jail. Fielding said neither the deputy nor the suspect were harmed.

Court documents indicate Crosby was released from Bonneville County Jail two weeks ago for petit theft.

In November, Crosby was arrested for aggravated assault for threatening a man with a knife outside an Ammon Walgreens. He pleaded guilty in May to possession of a weapon with intent to assault and was placed on probation for two years.

Felony eluding an officer is punishable by up to three years in prison. Felony possession of stolen property is punishable by up to 14 years in prison.