Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hailey police led on wild car chase

Suspect crashes south of Bellevue


By MARK A. YORK

For the Express

A Hailey man is facing multiple criminal charges after allegedly leading police on a high-speed chase before crashing his vehicle into a canal.

Justin V. Falangrumow, 24, was arrested early Saturday morning after he allegedly drove a 2002 Dodge Stratus through Bellevue going at least 95 mph while being pursued by police.

According to Hailey Police Chief Jeff Gunter, police clocked the vehicle at 58 mph in a 25 mph zone and pursued it on Main Street in Hailey from Fourth Street down state Highway 75 and into the Woodside subdivision, where Falangrumow allegedly ran all the stop signs and careened from one side of the street to the other. Gunter said Falangrumow's car pulled away from the police car while police were traveling at 95 mph south on Highway 75, and disappeared from sight before heading into Bellevue.

Gunter said officers turned around south of Bellevue and then stopped when they saw a trail of gravel leading off the side of Highway 75. There, they saw the vehicle upside down in a canal with the roof smashed level with the doors, he said. The suspect was half in the vehicle and half in the canal.

Gunter said officers removed him but he refused to be taken to the hospital. He said they checked Falangrumow to make sure there were no injuries.

"It's unbelievable that he survived without a trip to the hospital," he said.

Falangrumow was taken into custody, given a breathalyzer test, which Gunter said he failed, and booked on a felony eluding charge, as well as charges of DUI and driving without privileges.




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