Man arrested after hit and run crashes lead to police chase in Bonneville County

Deputies say suspect showed signs of impairment
Posted at 9:34 AM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 11:34:20-04

BONNEVILLE COUNTY, Ida. — A man is facing charges after a hit and run crash leads to a police chase in Bonneville County. Sheriff's deputies say the man also kicked a deputy during his arrest.

Deputies were called to the area of 1st Street and Ammon Road around 4:30 Thursday afternoon on a disturbance where a man was walking in the middle of the road. Deputies were told the man tried to get into a car on Amy Lane, tried to enter a residence and tried to get another man out of his van. He then went to his parents house and took his father's vehicle.

As deputies searched for the man, dispatchers reported the man started running people off the road while hitting several cars. The calls came in from areas of Ammon on Middway Street, the Target parking lot, across 25th Street to Woodruff and Holmes, over to Longfellow Elementary and near Taylorview Middle School. Witnesses say the suspect was driving on sidewalks and in a reckless manner running other motorists off the road.

Idaho Falls Police officers tried to stop the suspect's car, at one point deploying spike stripes deflating the passenger tires. A Bonneville County Sheriff's Deputy found the suspect in a field next to Taylorview Middle School. He and other officers were able to get the vehicle slowed and stopped to take the man into custody. The suspect kicked a deputy but was otherwise safely restrained and placed in a patrol car.

Deputies say 40-year-old Jonathan G. Yearsley showed signs of impairment at the time of his arrest. He was checked out at a local hospital and later booked into the Bonneville County Jail on five counts of leaving the scene of a property damage crash, driving under the influence, and battery on an officer. Yearsley also faces charges for felony grand theft of his father's car and felony eluding pursuit by Idaho Falls Police. Yearsley was also on felony probation at the time.