For the week of May 25, 1999  thru June 1, 1999  

Two arrests made after high-speed chase

Express Staff Writer

On Sunday, two men were arrested after a high-speed chase following an incident at Hot Springs Landing on Magic Reservoir in which one man allegedly threatened a victim with a gun. The other man, according to police reports, tried to run the victim down with a pickup truck.

Kaleb J. Houfburg and Ross R. Sauer, both 21 and from Bellevue, were booked into the Blaine County Jail on a number of charges.

Sauer was charged with felony aggravated assault and DUI, a misdemeanor.

Houfburg was charged with felony aggravated assault and three misdemeanors: DUI, invalid driver’s license and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Houfburg was also charged with disturbing the peace and indecent exposure, both misdemeanors, for allegedly yelling and screaming profanities, then pulling his pants down in front of a husband and wife and their seven- and eight-year-old children.

Blaine County Sheriff Walt Femling said a call came in Sunday afternoon reporting an altercation at Hot Springs Landing, followed by another call reporting a threat with a firearm.

According to Femling, Sauer and Houfburg pulled into the recreation area on a crowded day and allegedly began the altercation with the victims, Clint Black and his family.

Following the incident, the suspects allegedly jumped into the pickup, and Sauer backed up at a high rate of speed and allegedly attempted to run over Clint Black.

At the same time, Houfburg allegedly took a .22-caliber rifle, pointed it out the back window and made threatening remarks to Black.

Femling said three Blaine County deputies responded to the call along with State Police out of Fairfield. When police approached the vehicle matching the description given by Black and his family, the suspects sped away at a high rate of speed along rural Rock Creek Road.

Hailey and Bellevue Police Departments were dispatched to set-up a roadblock at the intersection of Croy Creek Road and Pioneer View Dr., where the suspects were stopped and arrested, Femling said.

The two men were arraigned Monday. Bond for Sauer was set at $5,000, with $8,500 for Houfburg. Sauer bonded-out on Tuesday while Houfburg remained in custody.


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