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Law enforcement agencies from Bingham and Bonneville counties joined forces in the pursuit of Francisco Pete Tarin, age 41, from early morning to the early afternoon on Tuesday.
Tarin was the suspect in a high-speed chase through Idaho Falls last week. The Bonneville Sheriff's Office had called off that chase because of concerns about public safety.
Tarin was allegedly involved a high-speed chase in Twin Falls Monday and again in Idaho Falls Monday night before wrecking his car in Shelley early Tuesday morning.
Tarin was heading south in the northbound lane of Interstate 15 when he clipped a car and then exited on exit 108. He abandoned his car and then took off on foot.
"We were able to get his location because we 'pinged his phone,'" said Bingham County Sheriff Dave Johnson. "He kept using his phone. He would turn it off and, after awhile, he would turn it on again."
Tarin, who was armed, is suspected in stealing a small fishing boat from a dock on the Snake River. The boat belongs to Scott Greer, who owns river property. Tarin rowed to the small island in the Snake River just west of Firth High School.
Law enforcement officials had the island surrounded, said Johnson. "We used the P.A. system to tell him he was surrounded and tell him to give up. At one point, we sent him a text."
Boats and airplanes were used in the search.
Tarin surrendered and was arrested without incident around 1 p.m., the sheriff said.
"He was considered armed and dangerous," Johnson said.
"He had a handgun with him but he did not have it when he was arrested," the sheriff said. "We don't know where it is."
Tarin was arrested by Bonneville County officers. Bonneville County has five felony warrants on him that include eluding, leaving the scene of an accident and stalking, Johnson said.
Assisting in this pursuit were SWAT teams and officers from Bingham and Bonneville counties, a tactical team from Idaho Falls, the Idaho State Police, marine deputies from the two counties who searched the river, the Firth fire department and ambulances from Blackfoot and Idaho Falls.
"The combined effort turned out very, very well," said Johnson.
Residents in Firth were alerted to the situation by a emergency notification system. The calls are called Code Red.
"Hard land lines are automatically in the Code Red system," said the sheriff. "To get cell phone numbers registered, call dispatch at 785-4440 or register online by going to www.co.bingham.id.us. Go to Bingham County Sheriff and then to Code Red to follow the steps to register.