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Man Arrested in Idaho After Attempt to Elude in Oregon and Idaho
04/08/2009
Lieutenant Richard Pileggi
Oregon State Police - Ontario
Office: (541) 889-6469

A Meridian, Idaho man was arrested by Idaho State Police (ISP) following his attempts to elude Oregon and Idaho police agencies that started with an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop near Ontario and ended in Idaho after deployment of spike strips. The man will be facing Oregon charges in addition to those pending in Idaho.
 
On April 8, 2009 at 2:24 a.m. OSP Senior Trooper Greg Walker stopped a 2002 Cadillac Escalade displaying Idaho license plates for a lighting equipment violation westbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 376. The driver was identified during the contact as CRAIG EDWARD JENKINS, age 49, from Meridian, Idaho. Since JENKINS failed to display identification and was showing signs of possible impairment, Walker was in the process of running a check near his patrol car to determine JENKINS' driver license status and for any possible warrants when JENKINS drove away, crossing the center median and sped eastbound.
 
Ontario police joined Walker as JENKINS attempted to elude into Idaho on Interstate 84 for about 26 miles at speeds up to 115 mph. JENKINS returned westbound from exit 26 about one mile before heading east toward the town of Star, Idaho.
 
Idaho State Police took over lead as OSP and Ontario police disengaged. Prior to entering Star city limits, ADA County Sheriff's Office deployed spike strips and the attempt to elude ended shortly thereafter when JENKINS stopped.
 
JENKINS was taken into custody and by Idaho State Police with the assistance of Ada County Sheriff's Office.
 
Walker cited JENKINS to appear in Malheur County Circuit Court on the following charges:
  • Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants
  • Reckless Driving
  • Felony Attempt to Elude in a Vehicle
  • No Operators License (JENKINS is suspended in Idaho)
  • Driving Uninsured
  • Driving on a Highway Divider
 
Idaho incident-related questions should be directed to Idaho State Police.