VICTOR, Idaho — A 26-year-old man was arrested Friday after an early morning high-speed chase over Teton Pass.

At 3:21 a.m. on Dec. 9, local law enforcement was alerted of a suspicious vehicle parked near the Valley of the Tetons Library in Victor, ID. The car, a black 2006 Toyota Scion with Idaho license plates, had been parked for some time with a turn signal light on.

At the scene, TCSO Idaho Deputies made contact with the driver of the vehicle, Devin James Howe, a 26-year-old male resident of Idaho Falls. There, deputies found that fictitious plates had been placed on the vehicle and the actual license plates found inside had shown the vehicle reported stolen in Bingham County, ID.

According to officials, Howe fled the scene in the Scion heading southbound on Highway 33 towards the Idaho/Wyoming state border, reaching speeds of up to 91 MPH, “swerving recklessly and with the vehicle headlights off.” TCSO Deputies pursued the vehicle into Wyoming, continuing up the Teton Pass on Wyoming Highway 22 over hazardous winter driving conditions.

Teton County Wyoming authorities were contacted and advised of the pursuit and began staging law enforcement units to deploy a spike strip to attempt to stop the vehicle. Spike strips are devices laid in the roadway and utilized to impede or stop the movement of wheeled vehicles by puncturing their tires. A spike strip was successfully deployed at mile marker 6 near Wilson, WY.

Although the vehicle tires were deflated, Howe continued driving into Jackson until the car was stopped at the Highway 22/89 Junction. Howe was taken into custody by Wyoming Officers and transported to the Teton County Jail in Jackson to be held on the charge of being in possession of a stolen vehicle.

Other charges expected to be filed will be Felony Battery on an Officer, Reckless Driving, False Information Provided to an Officer, Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Officers, Resisting Officers and Possession of Paraphernalia.

“No further information is planned to be released at this time,” said TCSO.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.