High speed pursuit in Washington County ends in arrest

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Posted at 11:21 AM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-05 13:21:49-04

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Idaho — A high-speed pursuit in Washington County on Monday night ended in the arrest of 20-year-old John Stramaglia. There was a passenger in the vehicle who was not charged.

The pursuit began outside of Midvale on Highway 95 just before 6:30 p.m. The chase went south towards Weiser with speeds reaching 100 miles per hour.

Washington County Deputies asked Weiser Police to set up spike strips north of Weiser in an attempt to disable the vehicle. The strips were successfully deployed and damaged the front driver side tire.

The vehicle turned on Indianhead Road, where a Washington County Deputy attempted to get in front. The suspect made a turn towards the deputy, hitting the front of the patrol car.

The suspect vehicle then traveled through Weiser heading towards Oregon. As the suspect attempted to enter Oregon, a Weiser Police Officer tried to get in front. The suspect hit the front passenger side of the police car and continued into Oregon.

The chase then went south on Highway 201, and Oregon State Police joined the pursuit. Malheur County Deputies set up spike strips at Highway 201 and Stanton Boulevard, damaging the driver side rear tire.

The suspect continued driving on Highway 201 towards Ontario, Oregon. The vehicle stopped outside of Ontario, and Stramaglia and the passenger were taken into custody without further incident.

Stramaglia was taken to the Malheur County Jail for felony eluding and an outstanding Idaho felony warrant.