The two suspects arrested in connection to an attempted carjacking and subsequent high-speed police chase through multiple East Idaho counties have already been released from jail, authorities said.
A third suspect remains on the loose.
Authorities say the suspects were involved in an attempted carjacking that occurred in Bonneville County around 5 p.m. Friday and a subsequent high-speed chase through Bingham and Bannock counties that started around 7 p.m. Friday.
The only suspect to be identified by authorities thus far is Samiir Afraidofbear, 27, of Fort Hall. He is one of the two suspects arrested and subsequently released from jail.
Afraidofbear and the other arrested suspect were each charged with one count of resisting and obstructing police in Bingham County, authorities said. Both suspects have since been released from the Bingham County Jail on their own recognizance, authorities said.
Authorities said Afraidofbear was a passenger in the vehicle that was involved in the 5 p.m. Friday attempted carjacking in the parking lot of the T.J. Maxx retail store in Ammon, located in Bonneville County.
Bonneville County sheriff’s deputies responded to the attempted carjacking and initially pursued the suspects’ vehicle until that vehicle started driving into oncoming traffic, prompting the deputies to discontinue the chase for safety reasons, authorities said.
After the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office alerted all nearby law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the suspects, Bingham County sheriff’s deputies spotted the suspects’ vehicle in Blackfoot around 7 p.m. Friday, initiated a pursuit and chased the vehicle into Bannock County.
Bannock County sheriff’s deputies soon joined in the vehicular chase, which eventually ended at the top of Rapid Creek Road north of Inkom when the suspects ditched their vehicle and fled on foot into the mountainous terrain.
One of the suspects was apprehended a short time later on Friday night and the other was arrested on Saturday morning, both in the Rapid Creek Road area, but the third suspect is still on the loose.
Authorities haven’t said if Afraidofbear was the suspect who was arrested on Friday night or Saturday morning.
The Bannock County Sheriff’s Office said it will not pursue charges against any of the suspects because the initial incident unfolded in Bonneville County and the high-speed chase started in Bingham County.
Authorities in Bingham and Bonneville counties said they’re working on filing additional charges in the case but wouldn’t comment further.
Authorities said they expect to release more information on Wednesday.