A wanted 24-year-old Bonneville County man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly led officers on multiple pursuits and rammed a patrol car.
Augustus W. Gokey was booked into the Bonneville County Jail on a warrant and new felony charges of possession of methamphetamine, aggravated battery and eluding, as well as a misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and resisting arrest, according to a news release from the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office, which adds that Gokey could face additional charges.
Sheriff’s officials say deputies initially attempted to apprehend Gokey, who was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant related to previous drug charges, three times — in the areas of Fifth West and 33rd North, Cobblestone and Stonebrook Lane, and Wright Road — on Friday, but he reportedly fled each time.
“Deputies did not continue pursuit of Gokey at that time because of his reckless driving behavior in those areas,” according to the news release. “After Gokey had fled earlier in the day, Deputies made contact with his father in an attempt to have him call and turn himself in but Gokey indicated he was in possession of methamphetamine and possibly a gun and was not going back to jail.”
Early Saturday morning, a deputy pulled a patrol vehicle in front of Gokey’s pickup, which was located again on Wright Road, to stop him from leaving the area.
“Gokey then backed up and sped forward toward the driver area of the patrol car ramming the front end near where the Deputy, who had exited the vehicle, had been standing and (Gokey then) drove away toward Iona Road,” according to the news release.
Deputies pursued him as he ran a stop sign, continued onto 15th East and almost struck another patrol car, and then turned back onto Iona Road, according to the news release. A deputy deployed spike strips near the intersection of Iona and Ammon roads, which disabled the passenger side tires of the pickup, but Gokey was able to continue driving at speeds over 70 mph even as his tires deflated and began to break apart.
“Gokey continued through the city of Iona and onto the Bone Road with deputies behind. Just prior to the Bone Store, deputies backed away from Gokey’s vehicle as he was having trouble maintaining control with high speeds and at least two tires now destroyed,” according to the news release. “As Gokey attempted to negotiate a turn in the road, he lost control of the pickup and overturned.”
Sheriff’s officials say Gokey then surrendered to deputies, who treated him for crash-related injuries until Idaho Falls Fire Department personnel arrived on scene. Deputies also helped stabilize a passenger, Kasey C. Wornek, 33, of Idaho Falls.
“During this time a small fire started in the front and rear of the pickup that Deputies were able to keep contained until fire personnel arrived and made it safe to remove Wornek from the vehicle,” according to the news release.
Both Gokey and Wornek, who was wanted on felony and misdemeanor warrants, were treated at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls and then transported to the jail.
Sheriff’s officials say deputies located 2-plus grams of marijuana inside the pickup and found more than 2 grams of methamphetamine in Gokey’s possession.