Prettypaint makes failed escape attempt


A Montana man arrested after he attacked a police officer has received additional charges after he made an attempt to escape police custody Sunday.

Mosiah Prettypaint, 39, was being transported from Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center to Bonneville County Jail when he rolled down the rear passenger side window and opened the door while the transport vehicle was turning onto Environmental Way, near the Bonneville County Jail.

One of the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office deputies transporting Prettypaint stepped out of the vehicle to give chase. Once Prettypaint was on his feet, he began walking back to the transport vehicle. Prettypaint was taken to the jail without incident. Prettypaint did not speak to the deputies about the incident.

Sgt. Bryan Lovell said inmates are required to be handcuffed when transported, and typically have their legs chained as well. Prettypaint was not wearing handcuffs when he attempted to escape due to unspecified medical problems but was wearing leg irons. (Prettypaint had complained of pain from handcuffs and his hands appeared discolored during his initila arrest.)

The windows and doors of the jail’s transport vehicles are typically locked from the inside, Lovell said. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating how Prettypaint was able to roll down the window.

Prettypaint was arraigned Tuesday on a charge of attempted escape by one charged, convicted or on probation for a felony, punishable with up to five years in prison. His bond was set at $40,000, in addition to the $50,000 set for his previous case. A preliminary hearing for the escape charge is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

Prettypaint was arrested after he attacked an Idaho Falls Police Department officer while being arrested for a warrant from Montana for attempted strangulation. The officer was assisted by two passersby who restrained Prettypaint so the officer could reach his Taser. A preliminary on the charges related to that assault is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16.

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