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Man arrested following southeast Boise pursuit

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Posted at 1:04 PM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 16:22:38-05

BOISE — A man is in custody after Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies say he lead them on a low-speed pursuit through several southeast Boise neighborhoods, then tried to elude capture by jumping into the Boise River.

According to Ada County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Patrick Orr, the incident began about 11 a.m. Thursday when a man took off from a traffic stop on Federal Way.

“He wasn’t speeding. He was actually following all the traffic rule -– but he just didn’t stop,” Orr said.

The driver struck a vehicle at the stop light and drove over several lawns of residential neighborhoods near Bergeson Street and Federal Way.

The pursuits were called off at least twice, when they became too dangerous for the public, according to an ACSO tweet.

The pursuit lasted about one hour.

The man then abandoned his vehicle near the Boise State University campus and jumped into the Boise River to try to avoid arrest.

Deputies eventually captured him and took him into custody.

His name has not yet been released.

We will have more information as it becomes available.