Lehi man, late for church, arrested following Idaho high-speed-chase

Gina Halladay | Lehi Free Press


One smashed police car, one dented up Honda Accord, a destroyed picnic table and two felonies are the result of a 22-year old Lehi man’s high-speed chase in Southeast Idaho last month. The reason for the chase, however, is what has some people baffled. The driver, Jared Hammond Hunt, told officers he didn’t want to be late for church.

“Luckily there were no injuries, only a few thousand dollars in property damage,” said Sergeant David Noyes with the Idaho State Police.

Hunt was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer and aggravated battery, both felonies. If found guilty, Hunt could face multiple years in prison and fines.

“A trooper saw Hunt traveling at a high rate of speed in a Honda Accord,” said Noyes. It is estimated that he was traveling at over 100 mph. According to police, the driver failed to stop when the trooper activated his emergency lights and sirens. Hunt continued driving and allegedly drove on the emergency shoulder on the right side of the road to avoid spike strips that a Bingham County sheriff deputy deployed.

Hunt then drove through a Maverick convenience store, according to Noyse, where he hit a picnic table and a police car trying to cut him off. Deputies with the Bingham County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Blackfoot Police Department continued to pursue Hunt as he traveled through residential areas in the city of Blackfoot. Hunt eventually stopped when he lost control of his car and got caught in the snow.

Hunt was arrested and booked into Bingham County Jail. A bond of $25,000 was posted on February 26. A court date was set for March 28.