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High-Speed Chase, Shots Fired, Ends In North-Central Idaho With Arrest of Treasure Valley Man

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David Pegram, 31, is charged with reckless driving, possession of a stolen vehicle, eluding and assault and on a police officer. - IDAHO STATE POLICE
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  • David Pegram, 31, is charged with reckless driving, possession of a stolen vehicle, eluding and assault and on a police officer.
A Treasure Valley man is behind bars in north-central Idaho after a daylong pursuit that included an Idaho State Police trooper firing his weapon at the suspect's speeding vehicle.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the incident began Thursday morning, when ISP tried to stop a northbound 2002 Ford pickup for speeding near the Nez Perce County town of Culdesac.

Police said there were reports that the pickup had been stolen in Gooding County. That's when the suspect hit the gas and led police on a high-speed chase that topped 100 miles per hour near Lewiston.

According to the Tribune, ISP attempted to slow down the vehicle by putting spike strips across the northbound lanes, but the suspect veered into the southbound lane and continued driving north.

Law enforcement officials said that the suspect tried to hit a trooper with the speeding vehicle. Police then attempted to bump the vehicle, causing the vehicle to spin back into the southbound lanes and roll over. The driver fled on foot, ran down an embankment and swam across a stretch of the Clearwater River, at which time police said they lost sight of him in trees and brush. 

A helicopter, tracking dog and law enforcement from four police agencies were dispatched to the scene as temperatures in the region climbed to 103 degrees. It wasn't until after 4 p.m. that the suspect was arrested.

The suspect had only been wearing flip-flops, shorts and a tattoo of a naked woman on his chest.

David Pegram, 31, is charged with reckless driving, possession of a stolen vehicle, eluding and assault on a police officer. After treatment for crash-related injuries, Pegram was transferred to the Nez Perce County Jail where he awaits arraignment.