Traffic was blocked on both lanes of Interstate 15 for about 45 minutes early Friday near Idaho Falls as authorities waited for a suspect to leave his truck in a bizarre standoff that followed a nearly two and a half hour vehicle chase and standoff, according to a news release from Idaho State Police.
The chase — which started around 10:09 p.m. Thursday when authorities said the driver of a 2005 Silverado pickup wouldn’t stop for a Clark County sheriff’s deputy — eventually came to involve Idaho State Police and sheriff’s deputies from Clark, Jefferson and Bonneville counties.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office initially reported that their deputy was chasing the pickup south on I-15 about 12 miles north of Dubois, which is just over 50 miles north of Idaho Falls.
The pickup had been reported to 911 dispatchers by multiple people as swerving all over the road. A Clark County sheriff’s deputy found the vehicle and tried to get the driver to stop — to no success.
So Idaho State Police troopers who responded to the area put down hollow spike strips at multiple spots on I-15.
When the driver’s Silverado ran over the spikes they flattened three of its tires.
But the driver — later identified as Brian Bensen of Lewiston, Idaho — still wouldn’t stop, according to authorities. He continued to drive on the rims of his wheels at slow speeds for over 20 more miles.
Finally Bensen stopped on I-15 about five miles north of Idaho Falls.
But that still didn’t end the situation. State troopers and the deputies reported they were in a standoff with Bensen. He refused to get out of the truck.
So traffic in both directions on I-15 had to be blocked for about 45 minutes as authorities waited him out.
Finally, Bensen was arrested just before 12:30 a.m. Friday, according to authorities.
Benson was then booked into the Bonneville County Jail in Idaho Falls.
Further details weren’t immediately available.