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CHASE ENDS WITHOUT INJURY 4-14-14

On Friday, April the 11th, the Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office responded to Quality Motors after receiving information that an individual with outstanding felony warrants was attempting to purchase a vehicle.

The suspect, 45 year old Rick Lee Zundel of Idaho Falls, left the business prior to officers arriving on scene. Shortly thereafter the suspect vehicle, a maroon Dodge Ram, was observed driving south on Hwy 93 towards Challis.

After the subject turned around and headed back towards Salmon Deputies from Lemhi County and the Salmon Police Department initiated a pursuit. An attempt to disable the vehicle with spike strips was attempted in front of Quality Motors however, the suspect narrowly escaped by diverting his vehicle through the barrow pit.

A long pursuit through Salmon and east on Hwy 28 culminated in the suspect surrendering after an approximate a two and a half hour stand-off. The suspect was transported back to Salmon where he was charged with felony eluding in addition to two felony arrest warrants out of Idaho Falls and Boise. The suspect faces additional charges for acquiring property under false pretenses.

The Lemhi County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by officers from the Salmon Police, Idaho State Police, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Land Management, Montana Highway Patrol, and the Beaverhead County Sheriff’s Office.

Lemhi County Sheriff Lynn Bowerman was able to report that no damage occurred to any county, city, or assisting agency vehicles during this incident and minimal damage occurred to the transmission of the suspect vehicle.




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