A Coeur d’Alene man is in the Ada County Jail after police say he led officers on a high-speed chase down Boise’s Fairview Avenue.
It began about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday when a Meridian Police officer tried to pull over a driver for speeding.
According to Meridian Police Department Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea, the officer clocked Dustin Trinkaus, 30, of Coeur d’Alene for driving 50 mph in a 40 mph speed zone.
“The officer turned on his overhead lights and attempted to initiate a traffic stop, when Trinkaus took off,” Basterrechea said.
The chase reportedly reached speeds of 80 mph as it headed eastbound on Fairview Avenue, towards Boise.
“Fortunately, there was very light traffic, in some cases, no traffic, at that hour,” Basterrechea said.
Trinkaus turned north from Fairview Avenue, onto Cole Road.
Since the pursuit was now in Boise city limits, Boise Police officers were dispatched to assist.
“If a pursuit starts in our city limits, we have the authority to continue chasing the suspect, even when it leads into another city or jurisdiction,” Basterrechea explained.
At the intersection of Cole and Ustick Roads, officers stopped Trinkaus’ vehicle by using a PIT maneuver. According to reports, Trinkaus jumped out of his vehicle, a rented four-door Subaru Legacy, and took off running. Officers caught up with him about 100 yards away and arrested him.
A woman in Trinkaus’ vehicle, later identified as Kathryn Cox, 28, of Boise, reportedly also ran from officers.
“But she tripped and fell, after that, our officers were able to take her into custody,” Basterrechea said.
Officers said when they searched Trinkaus’ vehicle they found several syringes, 3 grams of a substance that field-tested as methamphetamine, a measurement tray, a scale, and paraphernalia.
“We also found $1,700 in cash on Mr. Trinkaus,” he said.
Trinkaus faces two counts of possessing a controlled substance, fleeing from officers and a probation violation (all felonies). He also faces misdemeanors of resisting officers, possessing drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence, and driving without privileges.
Cox was arrested for possessing drug paraphernalia with intent to use and frequenting a place where drugs are used. Both are misdemeanors.