Chase suspect awaiting evaluation, facing charges
Jeremy Robert Andrus, age 30, of Blackfoot is awaiting a mental examination at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello after leading sheriff's deputies on a high speed chase through the Fort Hall Reservation Wednesday night.
Charges of fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer in a motor vehicle, aggravated assault and attempted kidnapping second degree/not for ransom were filed against Andrus on Friday.
Andrus was taken into custody after a pursuit and standoff during which he threatened to commit suicide.
The incident started as a domestic dispute and then escalated from there.
Andrus' ex-wife, Britney, said Andrus held a gun to her step-dad's head before leading cops on a chase.
Randy'L Teton, Public Affairs Manager for the Shoshone Bannock Tribes, said Andrus left the home but not before firing shots into the air outside the home.
Teton said Andrus headed towards Fort Hall near Ferry Butte road. The high-speed pursuit involving Bingham County deputies and the suspect vehicle then entered the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
When Andrus failed to yield to the authorities, Fort Hall Police deployed spike strips at the intersection of Highway 91 and Marshall Road.
The spike strips partially disabled the suspect vehicle but the pursuit continued. Multiple local agencies were involved including Fort Hall, Bingham and Bannock counties, Idaho State and Chubbuck police.
Andrus' pick-up continued southbound on Hwy. 91 through the Fort hall town site, losing parts and emitting sparks along the road. The vehicle eventually caught fire and came to a stop just north of Reservation Road and Hwy. 91.
After stopping, Andrus threatened to take his own life by pointing a handgun to his head. Just before 11 p.m., a negotiator arrived on scene and quickly talked the suspect down.
Information in the Idaho State Repository indicates Andrus has been involved with law enforcement for many years. In Bingham County, 41 cases have been filed against him since 2000.
Since 2000, in old cases that have since been closed, at various times he has been found guilty of driving without privileges, making harassing statements using a telephone, disturbing the peace, forgery, battery and petty theft.