Friday, October 15, 2004

Man injured eluding police charged with felony

Express Staff Writer

Steve Bohner

The pursuit of Wood River Valley resident Steve Bohner, now facing a grand theft charge, began with a bicycle chase and a canine search in Bellevue on Saturday. It ended Sunday when he was apprehended by Ketchum police at St. Luke?s Wood River Medical Center.

Bohner, 45, checked himself in for medical help Sunday as a result of injuries sustained when he rode over a 20-foot embankment near Jesse?s Country Grill in Bellevue as Sgt. Scott Smyth gave chase, Bellevue Marshal Randy Tremble said.

?He had numerous broken bones,? Ketchum Assistant Police Chief Mike McNeil said.

Despite the bicycle crash, Bohner eluded police Saturday, even as Bellevue?s German shepherd search dog, Dino, was put on his trail.

He was arrested on a charge of grand theft, and faces three outstanding misdemeanor charges.

Police began searching for Bohner over the weekend because they suspected him of stealing a checkbook and other property missing recently from the Warm Springs Ranch Restaurant, McNeil said.

The chase began when Smyth, in his patrol car, saw Bohner riding his bicycle through Bellevue.

The felony grand theft charge results from the alleged theft of a $1,253 floor-edge sander from Lutz Rentals in Ketchum, McNeil said. He said the tool has not yet been recovered.

Tremble said all the property associated with the Warm Springs theft was recovered and returned during the course of the investigation.

McNeil said Bohner is a transient who has been in the Wood River Valley for some 30 years.

He was arraigned in magistrate court in Hailey this week and is being held in Blaine County Jail on a $25,000 bond.

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