I.F. man sentenced to rider for vehicle theft


District Judge Joel Tingey on Monday sentenced an Idaho Falls man to a rider for stealing a car and eluding police.

Scotty Larson, 37, pleaded guilty Feb. 6 to felony grand theft and eluding. A separate case stemming from a Dec. 28 vehicle theft in which Larson was also charged with felony theft was dismissed, pursuant to a plea agreement.

Tingey sentenced Larson to an underlying three- to 12-year prison term and placed Larson on a rider program. A rider is a six-month to yearlong intensive rehabilitation program held at a minimum security prison. If Larson is unsuccessful during his rider Tingey could impose the underlying prison term.

Idaho Falls Police responded Jan. 5 to a report of a stolen 1994 GMC Suburban. Officers found Larson driving the Suburban west at 17th Street and South Boulevard and tried to stop him, but he eluded officers. The Suburban later was found abandoned at Hartert Drive and Higbee Avenue.

Police followed shoeprints in the snow and located Larson, who was hiding outside a residence on the 300 block of Hartert Drive. Larson had called dispatch while fleeing on foot giving the 911 operator a false name and trying to get police to respond to a different location.

Police connected Larson to a Dec. 28 theft of a 2001 Ford truck taken from a lot on First Street. Larson abandoned that truck as well after police were notified it had been stolen.

The vehicles were each valued at around $5,000.

Reporter Tom Holm can be reached at 542-6746