High-speed chase through two states ends south of Alpine

STAR VALLEY, Wyo. — An Idaho Falls resident is in custody following a pursuit last weekend that led officers from Swan Valley, Idaho to Star Valley, Wyoming.

Kenneth Jensen, 30, of Idaho Falls, Idaho was arrested Saturday morning after leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase for more than 30 miles through two states.

The pursuit began when a deputy within Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office attempted to stop a 2016 Subaru WRX for speeding near Swan Valley, Idaho on US 26. The driver of the Subaru failed to stop and fled from the deputy. The deputy pursued the Subaru for 15 miles but broke off the chase as they approached the Wyoming border.

Minutes later, a deputy with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office observed the Subaru traveling 98 miles per hour south of Alpine on Highway 89, and attempted to stop the vehicle. Again, the driver accelerated and fled from the deputy.

A Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper deployed spike strips about 10 miles from the second attempted stop. The trooper was successful in deflating both driver side tires. The Subaru continued a couple of miles before turning off into a rural dead-end subdivision.

Jensen then fled on foot across a snow-covered pasture and through a creek. Troopers and deputies were able to take him down and place him under arrest with no injuries to officers or Jensen.

Jensen was charged with eluding, reckless driving, speeding, and driving while under the influence. He faces similar charges in Idaho, including domestic battery and violating a protection order from an incident that occurred prior to the pursuit.

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