Cody Lee Hinerman

Hinerman

PHOTO COURTESY MINI-CASSIA JUSTICE CENTER

RUPERT — An Oregon man has been charged after police say he fired shots at an Idaho State Police trooper’s car during a chase waived his preliminary hearing in Minidoka County and his case was sent to district court.

Cody Lee Hinerman, 25, waived his right to a preliminary hearing in magistrate court on Wednesday, Lance Stevenson, Minidoka County prosecutor said in an email to the Times-News.

A date for his arraignment in district court has not been set.

Hinerman is charged with felony counts of eluding a police officer and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, according to court documents.

He was arrested in December after he fired three shots out of the driver’s side window of his car after the Idaho State Police trooper tried to pull him over in rural Minidoka County on a routine traffic stop.

Officers said Hinerman drove faster than 90 mph and fired shots from a semi-automatic pistol as he turned a corner near First and K streets in Rupert.

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The gun was recovered from the vehicle and shell casings were found in the street, police said.

Hinerman told police he was firing away from the trooper.

The trooper and a Minidoka County Sheriff’s deputy pinned his car between their vehicles.

Hinerman had two passengers with him during the chase and they were questioned and released by police.

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