Police: Speeding driver fled deputies down dirt road, through fence and across field

Police: Speeding driver fled deputies down dirt road, through fence and across field

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TWIN FALLS — A 19-year-old Nampa man led Twin Falls County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase on a dirt road and through a field in a rental car, officials said.

Dominic Xavier Bernal was arrested Monday night on felony charges of aggravated assault on a police officer and eluding a police officer, along with a misdemeanor warrant for petit theft, after a police chase through part of Twin Falls County.

A deputy attempted to stop a dark Nissan Sentra at about 10:20 p.m. Monday for speeding west on 3700 North near Balanced Rock Park, according to a Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office statement.

The driver was traveling in the center of the road, crossing the center line and cutting corners while doing 55 mph in a 35 mph zone, Tuesday’s statement said.

The deputy activated his lights before the driver slowed briefly then accelerated. The pursuit continued onto Crows Nest Road where, at one point, the driver turned the Nissan and drove toward the deputy’s cruiser, forcing the deputy off the dirt road to avoid a collision by veering into a ditch.

The driver then left the roadway, breaking through 150 feet of fence and into a field, the report said. The deputy followed the Nissan by paralleling its route on a nearby road.

Other units responded to the chase.

The driver then shut off the Nissan’s headlights, and, when deputies approached the car — which had a flat tire from hitting a lava rock — they found no one inside.

The deputies announced their presence and Bernal walked toward them with his hands raised.

Bernal was taken into custody and arraigned Tuesday afternoon at the Twin Falls County Courthouse. He is being held on $25,000 bond.


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