Police said an Idaho Falls man who has eluded them since crashing a 2018 Ford Fusion in the Blackfoot area amid a Saturday night high-speed chase had a large quantity of methamphetamine in his vehicle.
Idaho State Police are asking the public’s help in locating the fugitive, Richard A. Burns, 35, whom they warn should be considered armed and dangerous.
The incident began to unfold around 8:45 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 15 near Fort Hall when a state police trooper attempted to stop Burns for a traffic violation, police said.
Burns fled from the trooper and later crashed the vehicle into a tree after careening over a rock bed in Blackfoot, police said. Burns then fled the scene on foot and successfully evaded capture, police said.
Police told the Journal on Monday that upon searching Burns’ vehicle, they found a quantity of methamphetamine that could constitute felony drug trafficking charges.
Jennifer A. McCammon, 27, of Blackfoot, who was also in the vehicle, was taken into custody for drug trafficking.
Police encourage anyone who may have information about his whereabouts to contact the Idaho State Police or their local police station.
“If seen, do not approach (Burns) and contact law enforcement immediately,” Idaho State Police said in a Sunday press release.
The incident remains under investigation, police said, adding that they are currently tracking down various leads in the case.
The Bannock County Sheriff’s Office, Bingham County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Hall Police Department and Blackfoot Police Department assisted the Idaho State Police in this incident.