Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Man charged with car theft after chase by owner

Express Staff Writer

A man was charged with grand theft after allegedly stealing a car and leading its owner on a chase through Bellevue last week.

Hailey Police Chief Brian McNary said Dusan Mark Zuvick, 51, allegedly stole a white 1995 Kia Sephia from in front of a construction site in Bellevue shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. McNary said Zuvick later told police he was fleeing someone chasing him with a gun. However, McNary said that story had not been substantiated.

McNary said the car's owner, Kim Maddox, was pouring concrete when he saw Zuvick jump into it and drive off. He said Maddox and a co-worker then jumped into a pickup truck and gave chase. The chase wound through Bellevue until Zuvick eluded his pursuers and drove north on Highway 75 toward Hailey.

By that time, police had been notified of the incident. McNary said he and another officer headed south out of Hailey to help locate the stolen car when they were flagged down by a northbound driver. The driver reported that he had just seen a man in a car headed north on the highway weaving across the centerline and trying to knock the passenger's side window out with a fire extinguisher. The description of the car matched the allegedly stolen vehicle.

McNary said he did a U-turn, saw the Kia ahead of him and pursued it to Albertson's Express convenience store, where he stopped it. He said Zuvick emerged from the car still holding the fire extinguisher.

Zuvick, a Bellevue resident, was arrested and booked into Blaine County Jail. He was released without bail after a first appearance in 5th District Court.

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