AMERICAN FALLS — A local juvenile has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies after leading police on a brief pursuit in a stolen vehicle that ended when the boy crashed into a power pole, according to the American Falls Police Department.
The name and age of the juvenile will not be released because he is under the age of 18, police said.
The incident began to unfold shortly after midnight on Monday when the American Falls police dispatch center received a report of a vehicle that was just stolen out of a driveway of a home on the 300 block of Washington Street in American Falls, police said.
The responding officer was able to locate the vehicle, a 2004 silver Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck, via tire prints in the freshly fallen snow, police said.
Upon locating the vehicle, an American Falls police officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop, at which point the juvenile driver of the truck accelerated rapidly around a corner at the intersection of Washington Street and Fort Hall Avenue in American Falls, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a power pole, police said.
The force of the collision caused knocked the power pole over affecting power to many American Falls residents and forced the pickup to roll once before it came to rest on its roof, police said.
As the officer was approaching the wreckage, the juvenile began crawling out of the overturned pickup truck, police said. He was taken into police custody and transported to the Power County Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries and released.
The juvenile was then arrested and booked into the 6th District Juvenile Detention Center in Pocatello, police said.
The juvenile has been charged with one count of grand theft and one count of eluding a police officer, both felonies, police said.
The incident did not result in any road closures, said police. However, the pole the juvenile stuck had a transformer at the top and when the pole was knocked over about 700 Idaho Power customers in American Falls were without power for several hours early Monday morning.
Power was restored to those homes in phases, according to Idaho Power. About 250 homes had their power restored before 1 a.m. Monday, about 300 homes had power restored shortly after 1 a.m. and the remaining homes had power restored around 4 a.m. Monday, Idaho Power said.
The American Falls Police Department as well as the Idaho State Police were involved with this incident, which remains under investigation, police said.