Bannock County sheriff’s officials arrested two Pocatello residents following separate pursuits early Monday morning.
Joseph X. Rodriguez, 28, was arrested on warrants and was charged with a felony for attempting to elude a police officer in a motor vehicle, according to Bannock County Magistrate Court records.
Jacob L. Ward, 22, was charged with two felony counts for battery on a correctional officer, according to court records.
The incident involving Rodriguez began around 12:30 a.m., when an officer spotted a suspect vehicle, believed to be associated with a domestic incident, heading north on Hawthorne. Sheriff’s officials say the vehicle drifted into the oncoming lane of traffic before the driver, Rodriguez, quickly corrected it.
At that point, the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but Rodriguez allegedly fled. He drove from Hawthorne and Chubbuck to Garrett Way and then back to Hawthorne and Quinn, sheriff’s officials said, adding that the pursuit involved speeds up to 100 mph.
Rodriguez eventually turned into OK Ward Park before he abandoned the vehicle and tried to flee on foot, sheriff’s officials said. The officer was able to catch up to him and take him into custody.
Rodriguez was still being held at the Bannock County Jail as of Tuesday afternoon.
The second incident took place in the area of Wilson around 4 a.m.
Initially, an officer with the sheriff’s office noticed two males on bicycles who appeared to be trying to avoid a Pocatello police vehicle that was also traveling in the area, sheriff’s officials said.
Based on their suspicious behavior, the Bannock County officer attempted to stop them. Both individuals pedaled faster in an attempt to get away, but then slowed down, sheriff’s officials said.
The officer ordered them to stop and face toward a trailer. At that point, Ward allegedly took off running and the officer pursued him.
Ward reportedly struggled with and kicked the officer during the pursuit and scratched a Pocatello officer who responded to assist. Sheriff’s officials said their officer initially tried to use force to gain control of Ward. Eventually, a taser was deployed.
Ward was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for evaluation. As of Tuesday afternoon, he was being held at the Bannock County Jail.
The officers sustained only minor injuries in the incident, sheriff’s officials said.