Pocatello man charged for injuring officer, fleeing


A Pocatello man was bound over to district court Thursday in Bingham County Thursday on charges he fled police earlier in the month.  

Randy Brent Tracy, 48, was arrested Nov. 4 by Blackfoot Police Department officers after a caller reported a suspicious vehicle near a gas station. Police ran the license plate and learned there were three warrants for Tracy’s arrest in Bingham, Power and Bannock counties.

Tracy refused to turn his vehicle off when asked by police. Officer Andrew Adrignola then reached into the car through the window and grabbed Tracy, according to Adrignola’s affidavit, and ordered him again to turn the car off. Adrignola then saw Tracy reach for his right side.

The officers drew their weapons, ordering Tracy to show his hands. Tracy turned the car off, but started it again and put the vehicle in gear. The officers again reached into his car and struggled to shift the gear back to park. Tracy eventually forced the gear shift into drive, injuring Adrignola’s hand in the process, and drove with the officers still on the step plates of the vehicle, forcing them to jump off.

Police pursued Tracy, who fled south on U.S. Highway 91 at speeds reaching 90 mph. He eventually stopped and surrendered to police. The officers did not report finding anything illegal in Tracy’s car.

Tracy was charged with three counts of aggravated assault upon certain personnel, punishable by up to 10 years in prison . He was also charged with battery upon certain personnel (up to five years in prison), fleeing or attempting to elude a peace officer (one year minimum, three years maximum in prison), and resisting or obstructing officers (up to one year in jail).

Court records also state that Bingham County Prosecutor Cleve Colson is seeking a persistent violator penalty, which would extend the potential sentence to five years minimum and up to life in prison.

An arraignment in Bingham County District Court is scheduled for Dec. 11.

Reporter Johnathan Hogan can be reached at 208-542-6746.