Printed on: January 10, 2013

Man sentenced for threats, standoff

By Ruth Brown
rbrown@postregister.com

District Judge Darren Simpson on Monday sentenced the Blackfoot man who led police on a 22-mile chase through Bingham and Bannock counties.

Jeremy Andrus, 30, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and eluding a police officer. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dismissed his second-degree kidnapping charges.

Simpson retained jurisdiction and ordered that Andrus serve a rider treatment program. The judge recommended a traditional 120-day rider program.

In a rider program, an inmate receives intensive treatment and education while incarcerated. If Andrus successfully completes the program, he could return to court and request probation for the rest of his sentence.

If Andrus is unsuccessful in the rider program -- or violates the requirements of probation -- he faces up to five years in prison.

Andrus was arrested in May after a chase that reached speeds of 70 to 80 mph. Before fleeing police, he threatened to kill his wife and fired several gunshots into the air.

After police ended the chase, Andrus got out of his pickup truck, sat down against a guardrail on Reservation Road in Bannock County and stuck a 9 mm handgun under his chin. He eventually surrendered.

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