IDAHO: Highway Hootenaie in Kootenai County as Lyle Osier, without his ignition interlock, took troopers on a 17-mile slow-speed drama

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Idaho State Police report that Idaho Troopers arrested a St. Maries man on September 24, 2021, after a slow-speed pursuit that went 17 miles along Highway 3, from Benewah into Kootenai County.

Police report that this is what happened:
At approximately 7:42 a.m., a Trooper on patrol spotted a Chevy pickup traveling northbound on Highway 3 with tape obstructing both the front and rear license plates. The Trooper conducted a traffic stop and the driver of the pickup stopped at mile marker 88, just north of St. Maries. The driver, the only occupant of the vehicle, refused to roll down the window, then drove off.

The Trooper pursued the pickup continuing northbound on Highway 3 at speeds well below the limit. With the assistance of deputies from Benewah County, spikes strips were laid down on the highway that disabled three of the pickup’s four tires. The pickup continued northbound at very slow speeds.

Police say that a second set of spike strips were deployed which disabled the fourth tire, but the driver continued on, dropping to speeds of less than 10 mph. Deputies and Troopers were able to stop all traffic briefly on Highway 3 while a Trooper successfully performed a pursuit intervention technique (PIT maneuver) at mile marker 105 in Kootenai County which safely stopped the pickup.

Troopers took the driver of the pickup into custody without further incident. He was booked into the Kootenai County Jail on the following charges.

Arrested: Lyle D. Osier, 73, St. Maries

  • Eluding a peace officer (m)
  •             Possession of a controlled substance – marijuana (m)
  •             Possession of drug paraphernalia (m)
  •             Contempt of Court, failure to have an ignition interlock device (m)

During the slow-speed pursuit, the driver of the pickup had a mid-sized dog in the open bed of the truck. The dog was not hurt and was placed in safe custody following the driver’s arrest.